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Lifted Off The Ground [CD/DVD Combo] Limited Edition

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2010 release from the Country singer/songwriter, produced by Rodney Crowell. Lifted Off the Ground may be Chely Wright's seventh album, but on a number of levels it feels and sounds like her first, revealing an artist who has undergone a dramatic artistic transformation, emerging as a singer/songwriter of the first order. But the new album would never have come to be were it not for an equally dramatic personal transformation, which she has candidly and painstakingly documented. 11 tracks.

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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Welk Music Group
  • ASIN: B003B2B5V2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Chely Wright
"Lifted Off The Ground"
(Vanguard, 2010)
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Five years ago, singer Chely Wright left the confines of the Top 40 country scene for a more stripped-down sound on an indie label; she goes further on that journey here, a moody, soulful, deeply personal album in which Wright comes out of the closet and, doubtless, burns her last bridge with the socially conservative Nashville establishment. But while she closes one door, she opens others, courting a folkier, more diverse audience and delivering a powerful album that should attract and satisfy these new fans.

Certainly, with the anguish and honesty of this emotionally raw batch of songs, she's a million miles away from the calculated, prefab "earthiness" of today's commercial country scene, entering into the confessional folk-pop terrain pioneered by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash and others. The first sign that this album takes a new direction if the half-giddy, half-morbid suicide novelty song, "Notes To The Coroner," catchy and clever, but a bit disturbing as well. It's soon followed by the album's masterpiece, the mournful, acoustic "Like Me," which is a brilliantly written, utterly aching ballad addressed to a woman that Wright has fallen in love with, but can never attain, because while she wants to come out of the closet, her lover cannot. The rest of the album is mostly an echo of that searing, painful blast -- more regret, anger, recriminations, sorrow. She swears on a couple of tunes (which will probably help this album gain some notoriety) but the words sound natural, an affirmation of her intensity, not a mere gimmick. This album is clearly a work of self-therapy, but not entirely one of self-indulgence...
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Prime Cuts: Broken, Notes to the Coroner, Hang Out in Your Heart

It happened to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shelby Lynne, Ronna Reeves, k d lang and host of many others. After being released from their major label contracts where many of these artists felt artistically contrived, their subsequent records become reactionary to their back catologs. Symptomatically these subsequently records become completely or mostly self-composed, they are quick to abandon strong melodic structures for tuneless sonic indulgences, and they depart stylistically from the Nashville formula. Strangely, the results have worked wonders for some carving for them a whole new niche (with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shelby Lynne and kd lang being perfect examples). While for others, they have been meet with nothing but with oblivion (Ronna Reeves being the tragic example). With her last top 40 country hit "Back of the Bottom Drawer" being more than 6 years ago, Chely Wright has passed her prime as far as the country charts are concerned. By moving away from commercial country seems the logical choice. In fact based on the initial buzz "Lifted Off the Ground" ought to work well for Wright in spreading out her wings to encompass a larger audience than her initial country crowd. Nevertheless, what prevents Wright from sliding into becoming one of those anonymous coffee house singers is that Wright has not completely abandon her jut towards songs with memorable hooks.

Written while she was in a crucible of personal depression, many of these entries reflect her frustrations with her life, sexuality, failures and her thorny relationship with her mother. Easily the first half of the CD is the stronger of the two.
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I listened to the album after reading her book, Like Me. What a difference it has made to me, because I can really see why she wrote the songs she did. The words really are so meaningful and personal, it makes me feel like I know her a little bit and I think it is her best album to date! Go Chely!
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I bought this record because I've always liked Chely, and when all of the hoop-la hit the media, it seemed like a good way for my wife and I to vote or endorse authenticity. This a great record top-to-bottom. Rodney Crowell does a beautiful job of producing, and the choice of musicians couldn't get any better. Impressive songwriting and very soulful singing from Chely. Real Songs, Real Musicians, Real Singing, Real Recording and Mixing. The first cut, 'Broken', has a Memphis soul touch to it that is killer, and should be a radio hit. In a world that's overrun with absolute garbage, this record reminds me of why I like music in the first place . . . I am blown away at just how much I like this record. Good going Chely and Rodney. This is actually 'Grammy Worthy'.
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Someone else described this album as "haunting," and I think that's a pretty appropriate description. The music is beautiful and addictive. It's definitely not as commercial or upbeat as some of her prior work though, if that's what you're looking for. My favorite tracks are "Broken", "Notes to the Coroner", and "Wish Me Away".

It's misleading (and slightly irritating) that amazon has "explicit" stamped across each song - "Damn Liar" and "Object of Your Rejection" are the only songs that could even qualify for that category.
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