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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.
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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: #281,343 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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This guy I want to see in concert!
Patti Stanford
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.
"liz@apocalypse.org"
I guess this would be fine for someone who DIDN'T know how brilliant Charlie COULD be but it's too late for that with me.
Jennifer Lemons

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Crenshaw on 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 By RGT on April 26, 2001
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 By Bt on January 8, 2004
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 By Darren O'Neill TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 By BigAl on September 21, 2001
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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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