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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EOMZ
  • ASIN: B0039208L2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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David Ball begins 2010 with the release Sparkle City, his first new album in three years. The album is
scheduled for release on E1 Entertainment s Red Dirt E1 Records. David s three year break from
recording was spent writing songs and putting together the backing band he always envisioned for his
music. David s band, The Pioneer Playboys, features Troy Cook Jr. on guitar, Billy Pierce on bass,
and Scott Metko on drums. The Playboys played on all Sparkle City tracks. The band toured throughout
2009 playing night clubs, theaters, and festivals, refining the songs which have been included on the
new album. David and the Playboys will be touring throughout 2010 in support of Sparkle City.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 25, 2010
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Prime Cuts: What'll Do If I Don't Have You, So Long, Tulsa

"Sparkle City" is Ball's sonic travelogue. Like many country albums of yore, travelling seems to be the theme of this disc. On at least two songs, for instance, Ball calls to attention his rambling soul. And at least three of the tracks ("Tulsa," "Alabama" and "Houston") here are geo-tagged. Even songs such as "Along for the Ride," "On Top of the World" and "So Long" speak of journeying and distance. Yet, this eighth album is more than just your mere collection of various itineraries. Rather, these 11 tracks map the human emotions well over terrains of traditional country with splashes of Tex-Mex, jazz, Western swing and contemporary country. With Ball handling all the scribal work (with 3 tracks being co-written with L. Russell Brown), this collection bears Ball unique song writing skills. While many singer-songwriters veer on the obvious boy-girl nondescript lyrics, Ball has a way of telling his stories with interesting use of imagery, word choices and three dimensional characters.

Any fan of Ball would realize that with each CD there's a song that towers over the rest. On 2001's "Amigo" it was the career transforming number 1 "Riding with Private Malone." On his platinum Warner Brothers debut "Thinkin' Problem," it was the hooky title cut. Now with "Sparkle City" the lodestar is none other than "What'll Do If I Don't Have You." Dipping into the lower registers of his voice Ball croons this romantic 70s folk-like ballad that is just simply gorgeous. Of the three songs that are named after place names, "Houston" is truly a winner.
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Always been a fan of David Ball, also know his young lead guitar player Troy Cook jr, This is a good traditional CD. Troy's guitar playing is real tasteful, i go back with Troy many years, Troy records on his own and used to have his own band, and toured Arkansas. He is great with David Ball whose vocals are great as usual,
The songs are old timey stuff, Nobody records with their road band, I think here, this works, We are so used to hearing Brent Mason, Larry franklin, Bryan Sutton, and all of the first call studio musicians.
So, put up your feet and think of George Strait.
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By Judith Young on November 29, 2013
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My husband and I love traditional country music along with quite a bit of the new talents. His songs remind me of something Hank Sr. would sing. Just really touches you deep down.
We have almost all of his albums; and one's as good as the other.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ab Uffalo on June 20, 2010
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I have a belief that when reviewing an article, fairness is paramount. And while I try to focus on the product at hand, rather than look at the artist's past products, & then do a comparison, there are times when such comparisons are unavoidable. I found that recently when I reviewed Alan Jackson's latest outing, "Freight Train", & I find myself in the same situation now. I am a great fan of David Ball; have been since the day I heard "Thinkin' Problem" - a great country album, well produced, with a great selection of numbers, & of course, Ball's great voice. He is a natural to sing country music. "Starlite Lounge" may not have been as powerful an album as "Thinkin' Problem", but it was a good follow-up album. "Play", I must admit, was a disappointment, but Ball came thundering back with "Amigo", in my opinion, one of the 5 best country albums of that year. Then came "Heartaches By The Number", a great selection of country classics, & Ball had clearly atoned for "Play". Or so I thought! Now we come to "Sparkle City", and I'm wondering what on earth Ball & his producers/marketers are thinking of. What a trite selection of songs to put on an album! This album lacks just about everything, & seems so amatuerish for such an experienced performer. This album was such a disappointment - having expected a lot, I got nothing! Even Ball's voice seems out of sorts, failing to carry any of the numbers on the album to the heights we have come to expect of him. Like I said of Alan Jackson, Davis you are a great country singer & your fans deserve so much better than this.Read more ›
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By John on July 1, 2010
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Always nice to hear new stuff from David. Nothing new for 2-3 years so it's even nicer. Good music, good arranging, good singing. Wish he would appear near here so we could see him in concert.
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