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World Wide Open

Love and TheftAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Love and Theft may be celebrating the release of their second studio album, but to the ACM-nominated country duo, the self-titled release might as well be their first.

And in a way, it is. Love and Theft is Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson’s first album since joining RCA Nashville, the home to many of their musical inspirations. “We feel like people will be hearing us ... Read more in Amazon's Love and Theft Store

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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lyric Street
  • ASIN: B002FZL93U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. World Wide Open
2. Runaway
3. Dancing In Circles
4. It's Up To You
5. You To Miss
6. Can't Go Back
7. Don't Wake Me
8. Freedom
9. Slow Down
10. Me Without You
11. Drowning

Editorial Reviews

2009 release from the Country trio. Love & Theft features Brian Bandas, Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles. All three members of Love And Theft trade lead and background vocals. Brian, Eric and Stephen co-wrote all the songs on this debut album. The album's first single, 'Runaway', was written by Stephen with Canaan Smith and Rob Blackledge. The band opened shows for Taylor Swift throughout 2008 and made their Grand Ole Opry debut in March of 2009.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~amazing harmony -- awesome group~ August 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Each track on 'World Wide Open' features brilliant harmony, and every song was co-written by a member of the band. Their debut single, "Runaway", is an excellent upbeat song, which is turning out to be a huge summer hit. It has easily cruised into the Top 20 -- and is now closing in on possibly becoming their first top 10 hit!

Glorious harmony is what makes the band special, and they showcase this perfectly in songs like "Dancing In Circles" -- an amazing tune which should be a huge hit for them. The title track, "World Wide Open", is another beautiful song -- with soft and soothing harmony. "Me Without You" and "Slow Down" are very nice acoustic type ballads, and both have great messages in the lyrics.

Overall, this is a very strong debut album. The first 3 songs are definitely the stand out tracks -- but it's the simple and acoustic songs which really make this a solid album from top to bottom. They are definitely a very talented group, with outstanding pop-country harmony. 'World Wide Open' is filled with unique and catchy songs that really grow on you with each listen! ~9/10~
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and Theft = Eagles meet Backstreet Boys October 14, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
I bought the album with Amazon's special of the day. After listening to a couple of the sample tracks, I thought they were worth a shot.

Love and Theft is labeled as a country rock group. I would place them somewhere between The Eagles with soaring rhythms and pleasant anthems, and the Backstreet Boys with cheeky harmonies and hackneyed lyrics.

If you are looking for a pleasant listen, no thought required, perfect for driving in traffic to fall into their uplifting harmonies - then this album is for you. If you are looking for thought-provoking, technical rock, or classic country, look elsewhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singing Along September 15, 2009
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I love my new Love and Theft CD so much that the only way I could convey adequately the joy it brings me would be through song. Since I don't sing half as well as these three wonders, though, I suggest you buy a copy for yourself. It's been a while since I've been this happy with every tune on a disc. Not a clinker in the bunch. The harmonies are magical, but the lyrics pull their share of linguistically soulful tricks too. And then there are those driving instrumentals that make me want to move. This is music with a message, and the after effect is a riveted smile. Open up your own world and give a listen. (more, please, guys ...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good At What They Do, But.... November 18, 2009
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Let me begin by saying that Love and Theft is very good at what they do. The harmonies are very well done, and they write some very catchy songs.


First and foremost, they are NOT country. Now, i certainly didn't expect to pop this CD in and hear a newer version of George Jones or Hank Williams coming out of my speakers, but this...this should not even be on the same shelves as a country music CD.

There seems to be a trend in "new" country music these days, where anybody that includes a fiddle or a steel guitar in their music is packaged and sold as "country". It is a huge disservice to real country fans when music like this gets classified as country music.

That is not to say that it isn't I already stated, the songs are catchy, the harmonies very nicely done, and I would probably pop this CD in every once in a while just to cruise down the road to.But let's call Love and Theft what they really are...a pop group forced into country packaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album, well worth the purchase price August 26, 2009
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Local (FM) Country Radio stations have been playing the heck out of the first single from this new album and I must admit that I really have enjoyed that tune. Why have they been playing that particular tune so much? I suspect a couple of reasons. First, the band is slated to play at a local concert as the opening act for the end of summer 'Sunday in the Country' event, and secondly, because the band has also gotten a fair amount of notice and air play throughout the country (witness their appearance in the various new country countdowns).

Regardless of the reason for the exposure, I'm glad it's there as these guys deserve every bit of that and then some. This is an excellent album. Heck, excellent is a totally awesome understatement. It is really that good.

Even without hearing anything but the first single I was interested in finding more of Love and Theft's music (which, thus far, would only include this album and a few live tracks in an EP: Live In Savannah). As it turned out, one of those local FM Country Radio stations previewed the newest album (World Wide Open) the evening before it was officially released and that sealed the purchase for me (as soon as I woke up the next day). Every track is smooth and satisfying, and easy to listen to. Listen just a few times and you'll find yourself singing along with the lyrics.

Please, don't waste your time reading the reviews here. Not that they aren't worth reading, but seriously, preview the tracks and hit the purchase button. It's worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their World is Wide Open ! May 3, 2010
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Discovering new talent is a great thing. Someone told me about this band.. and quite frankly they are great or even "awesome" as our american friends would say.
Country .. well maybe at the edge of it, but great rythm, and great sound, great voices. Refreshing to say the least.. Well worth the pennies of the album price. Too bad guys like that never make it to Europe .. (I should never say never .. !) All I can add is that their World is indeed wide open.. and they should just go for it..
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 1 month ago by Rodrigo Albuquerque
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Dawn Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide open!
I discover the band as i was travelling in USA, and i love their music. Sound so good!
I hope one day tio hear them in France
Published 4 months ago by MORITZ Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Theft is the BEST
Bought this because we LOVE the newer CD and were going to see them again. I much prefer them as a duo, but fell in love with the song Dancing In Circles on this CD. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Country at Its Best
Wonderful harmonies, engaging tunes, nice variety of themes -- a fun change of pace from all the radio tunes about trucks, drinking and girls in cutoffs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Linda Lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD.
Great CD if you like World Wide Open. I like just about every song. I bought their other CD too.
Published 11 months ago by Buffalo Star
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love!
I'm so in love with Love and Theft..they stole my heart! I always have to turn the radio up when they are on the radio
Published 12 months ago by Vanessa Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a great album by Love and Theft. So glad I was able to get this exclusive version from Amazon.
Published 14 months ago by Tiffany Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars music
we love all types of Christmas original and funny we always look for new cds to add to our collection of music
Published 21 months ago by Daddio
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album
This is a good album all together. I listened to it on repeat for days and days. This album was when the band had 3 members.
Published 23 months ago by B. Olson
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