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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)
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Robison At The Top Of His Game October 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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 date.
Charlie evolves in this record, and I think that's the cause of so many people feeling Charlie "sold out" which just is not the case. Charlie has said that he made the album he wanted to make, and Sony said they gave him full control over the product. It was even rumored that the label had called Charlie on occassion asking to hear the songs at which time he hung up on them.
Charlie has attitude, and it comes through here. Songs like "The Preacher" and "John O'Reilly" make this disc one of the best of the year. "The Preacher" is a song about religion in a very small town, where everyone knows what's going on. It's a very interesting take on how people can be fooled and blinded about the things they believe.
"John O'Reilly" is an Irish rocker, similiar to some of the stuff that Steve Earle has recorded. It even has a bit of a Pogues feel to it. It is a song that stretches the boundaries for both Charlie Robison and Country Music as a whole.
Other standouts on the disc are "Tonight" which was written by Charlie's brother Bruce and "The Wedding Song," a duet with Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. "The Wedding Song" tells the story of a normal relationship, and how things aren't all Champagne and dreams. There's even a line at the end of the song that pokes a little fun at one of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's duets.
I applaud Charlie for taking chances, and in this case he produced one of the best discs in my collection. It's a disc that has everything you could want from a Texas singer-songwriter, and a little bit more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did Charlie sell-out with this album? September 21, 2001
By BigAl
Format:Audio CD
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.
"Step Right Up" is not "Life of the Party 2", which it shouldn't be. It is a logical progression in Charlie's evolution as an artist. Robison's first release was "Bandera". This independent release was co-produced by Robison and Lloyd Maines. All the songs were written or co-written by Charlie and his brother Bruce Robison. "Life of the Party", his major label debut, was also co-produced by Maines, but included a cover of "Waiting for the Mail", written by Texas songwriter Damon Bramblett. It also included two songs, "Barlight" and "I Don't Feel That Way", which were originally on "Bandera". With the easier availability of the "Life of the Party" CD this gave people just discovering Charlie a better chance to hear these songs.
With the "Step Right Up" CD Charlie covers The Hollisters' "Sweet Inspiration", establishing a trend of covering songs by Texas artists. "Desperate Times" gives another song originally on "Bandera" a chance to be heard by a wider audience.
This release is different from "Life of the Party" in three respects. The first is Robison shares production duties with Blake Chancey. While best known as the producer for the Dixie Chicks he has also worked with less mainstream artists such as Jim Lauderdale and David Allan Coe. This change should have helped Charlie expand his own production skills to give him the potential of producing his own albums in the future.
A duet with Natalie Maines on "The Wedding Song" was also a significant departure from past albums. Lyrically this song is vintage Charlie, singing about situations and people familiar to everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 22 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 27, 2001 by Katie
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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Robison Rocks!
This guy is outstanding in his use of long and meaningful (i.e. well written) instrumentals in 'Desperate Times'. Read more
Published on September 16, 2001 by Kris Kruse
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