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Charlie RobisonAudio CD
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Let’s just get it out of the way right up front: In the five years
between his last album, Good Times, and his new Dualtone Records
release, Beautiful Day, Charlie Robison got divorced from his wife
Emily (of The Dixie Chicks). So it’s only natural to assume that this
is his “divorce album,” which is not altogether untrue.
But as with all devoted ... Read more in Amazon's Charlie Robison Store

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMZJA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Right Man for the Job
2. The Preacher
3. I Want You Bad
4. Desperate Times
5. The Wedding Song
6. Sweet Inspiration
7. John O'Reilly
8. Tonight
9. One in a Million
10. It Comes to Me Naturally
11. Rain
12. Life of the Party

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the damn thing March 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a good disk. The life of the party is a good disk too. I enjoy this one better than Life of the party. I know alot of poeple don't but that is me. I enjoyed "tonight" and the wedding song cracks me up. I understand this a step toward mainstream but I think he has been crass enough to keep himslef off the Clear channel network. Those guys wouldn't DARE take a chance of offending anyone anywhere.
Back to the point. I like Life Of the Party. I like this one too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After anxiously awaiting Charlie's new release, I wondered how was he going to top his Life of the Party CD.
In particular, I was looking forward to the re-release and updated version of "Desperate Times." However, Charlie sounds as if he's tired of and simply bored with singing that song for the ten millionth time. (Do yourself a favor and check out the Bandera CD for the original.)
The cover tunes should have all been exchanged for original Robison songs, including "I Want You Bad." Again, I was curious to hear Charlie's take on "Sweetest Inspiration" by The Hollisters. However, Charlie's take was to perform it exactly like The Hollisters. He even mimics the lead singer from that great Texas band. Maybe he's secretly been their lead singer all along and we didn't know it. Say it ain't so! And what suit at the record label conned Charlie into recording "It Comes to Me Naturally!" It's simply a ridiculous song. And I don't mean funny and witty ridiculous, but just plain bad and immature.
The only saving grace are the tunes penned by Charlie &/or his brother Bruce. With such talent, why cover anyone else's songs? "One in a Million", "John O'Reilly" and "The Preacher" are true Robison tunes and reflect the unique musical ability with a twist we've all come to expect from Charlie. After listening to all the tracks, "The Wedding Song" stands out as a true masterpiece. What harmonies, what strong vocals . . . and I'm talking about the Chick!
Don't tell us you've peaked already, Charlie. Don't tell us that proverbial cookie cutter really does make sweet, dollar shaped cookies after all. I've been to several live shows and I know there's more potential than this album would have us believe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No selling out for Charlie. January 8, 2004
By Bt
Format:Audio CD
You read reviews saying Charlie sold out with this release; I beg to differ. Mainstream radio wouldn't play this if their life depended on it! While he explores a couple of different avenues on two songs, this is far from selling out. You rarely hear the kind of rough and rumble, kick-ass style of country twang displayed here anymore. Some folks keep comparing this to his previous disc, and that's too bad for them, cause I can't see what the problem is here. Fickleness keeps some people from enjoying damn fine music. In this case, it's fine Texas music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back Lloyd Maines May 4, 2001
By A Customer
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After two outstanding previous albums (Bandera and Life of the Party) that were produced by Lloyd Maines, Robison switched producers to Blake Chancey, who has produced records for his brother Bruce and The Dixie Chicks (of which his wife Emily Robison is a member). While these first two albums were not wildly successful commercially, they contained some great music. Robison clearly tried to come up with a more radio-friendly album this time around. While there are still some good songs on Step Right Up (i.e., The Wedding Song, The Preacher, One In A Million, and the title track), I was very disappointed. After wearing out his first two albums, I was really looking forward to some new Charlie Robison songs. Unfortunately, this album's sound and songs are not up to the high standards set by his previous work. It is still better than almost anything else on country radio today, though. He can do better and I look forward to a return to form on his next album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe thehype April 24, 2001
By mike
Format:Audio CD
I pretty much wore out Charlie's last CD, "Life of the Party," so I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new one. I have to say, I was disappointed. For all the talk about his renegade spirit, mostly what I heard on the new record was a former outlaw trying to make a record that radio stations would play. I was skeptical from the minute I saw the loads of self-indulgent, pretty boy pictures of Charlie on the liner notes. Don't get me wrong, the cd has some good songs - the duet with Natalie Maines and "Anything Could Happen," being standouts - but the rest of the stuff is too jingly, too poppy - and at times, just flat corny. Charlie still writes well, but the soaring melodies and winsome nostalgia of "My Hometown" and gritty poetry of "Loving Country" are missing. Here's hoping he gets back to his roots on future releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best April 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I am a big Charlie Robison fan, but I kept thinking of other albums I had played recently while I listened to this one the first 2 times.
I don't regret buying this album (although it is nowhere near as good as Life of the Party) but I kept feeling that somewhere in the liner notes there should have been thanks to Steve Earle and Robert Earle Keen. I am not sure if this album could have been written if Transcendtal Blues had not been released to such great Reviews. Desperate Times felt like a remake of the Road Goes on Forever.
This album would have made it to 5 if there had been one song as gripping as Indianola or one as funny as You're Not the Best. A little to mid-focus for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Son Gave Me This Album
I had never heard of Charlie before my son gave me this album as a present. Overall, the album is good, but there are three absolutely outstanding songs that I play over and over. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul R. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Robison
This is my first Charlie Robison CD but it won't be my last. Great writing and great range of styles. A really fun album.
Published on June 22, 2009 by S. Bucher
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Artist, Great Album
Charlie Robison is the definition of country music the way it should be. He isn't commercialized, poppy, or a "wanna-be-Buffet". Read more
Published on February 17, 2005 by John O'Reilly
1.0 out of 5 stars I would've given less than 1 star if I could.
This is an awful album. Proving that talent doesn't necessarily run in the family, Charlie demonstrates on this disc that he isn't in the same league as a singer or songwriter as... Read more
Published on March 1, 2004 by J. Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Steve Earle
Now, first of all, this is a good album even though it's not as good as "Life of the Party." And contrary to what folks say, Charlie is better than Steve Earle. Read more
Published on December 11, 2001 by "cowboysredsox"
5.0 out of 5 stars A little rebellious country for those tired of mainstream!
If you're tired of the same 'ol, same 'ol in country music, hearing the same songs over and over on the radio, then Charlie Robison is the answer to your prayers. Read more
Published on November 28, 2001 by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Robison At The Top Of His Game
I've only discovered Charlie in the last year or so, but I've caught up quick, buying each of his albums and I have to say that this CD is by far Charlie's strongest record to... Read more
Published on October 9, 2001 by Darren O'Neill
1.0 out of 5 stars An Unbelievable Disappointment
I had been looking forward to this CD for months; Charlie's previous CD "Life of the Party" is one of my all time favorites. Read more
Published on September 27, 2001 by MeanMark
4.0 out of 5 stars Did Charlie sell-out with this album?
Opinions seem to be split on this album. Among long-time fan's it's considered either Charlie's breakout album or his sell-out album, possibly both. Read more
Published on September 21, 2001 by BigAl
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub-par Effort
He was the Life of The Party for a minute, but when his persona and outrageous-for-outrageous-sake comments began to overshadow his good music, Charlie Robison became the Wrong Man... Read more
Published on September 20, 2001
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