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The Metropolitan Hotel Import

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The Brand NEW album from Chely featuring the hit song "Bumper of My S.U.V."

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The centerpiece to this sixth album by soulful country balladeer Chely Wright is "The Bumper of My S.U.V.," a song about the sort of patriotism that runs deeper than partisan sniping and that will therefore likely hit home with listeners on all sides of the political divide. As the album's primary producer and songwriter, Wright takes control of her artistry here, with material that has more depth and a sound that is less polished than what often dominates the airwaves. The narrative ambition of Wright's "The River," which features Vince Gill providing vocal counterpoint, merits comparison with the Bruce Springsteen song of the same title, while the prickly relationship detailed in "Between a Mother and a Child" is too painful not to ring true. Lightening the mood is a romp through Chuck Berry's "C'est La Vie (You Never Can Tell)." With the opening "It's the Song" (written by Bonnie Baker and Katrina Elam), Wright puts the emphasis on the strength of the material, and proceeds to deliver, with a selection devoid of filler. --Don McLeese
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • ASIN: B0007CNY7M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By K. Stuckey VINE VOICE on March 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Just when I start to worry that I'll never hear Chely Wright on the radio again, she delivers another from the heart. "Bumper of My SUV" is a true story and I get goosebumps every time I hear it because I know she has been there. I also love the sentimental "Back of a Bottom Drawer", "Southside of Lonesome" and her spunky cover of "C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell)". This CD has such raw emotion that is rare in today's world of polished, cookie cutter music. Clearly an independent label was the way for her to go because this is truly an album for the fans. Thanks Chely!
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Chely Wright is back with her first new album in three and a half years. Her first album for Dualtone Records. The title is THE METROPOLITAN HOTEL, a title Chely says is inspired by a hotel she stayed in England while she worked on the album. The album is very different from her other Nashville albums. This one is still country but much more of an artistic endeavor than a commercial one. The first few singles have slumped up the charts, with "Bumper of my SUV" cracking the top 40 a few months ago. The first single was "Back of the Bottom Drawer", which got a lukewarm reception on country radio. Her newest single is the moving ballad "The River". Other moving ballads include "Wheels" and "Between a Mother And A Child". The album closes nicely with "What If I Can't Say No Again", a personal favorite of mine. Overall a strong album from Chely Wright.
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After a four-year hiatus from album releases, and a departure from MCA for the artist-friendly indie Dualtone, Wright has returned with a songwriter's album. Her first self-produced album provides several interesting dichotomies. The self-penned songs are more personal than those she previously picked from Nashville's stable of writers, but at times the intimacy turns to treacle. Further, while the production is stripped back to a sound that balances nicely with Wright's earthy tenor, there's no escaping the years of being conditioned to the crossover sounds of her earlier radio-ready major-label releases.

The result feels like the first step in a new phase of Wright's career - one that, as the lead track emotionally portrays, is fueled by songs rather than hits. Which isn't to suggest that there aren't potential hits to be found here, as the lead single, "The Bumper of My S.U.V.," has shown. But the interwoven tragedies of "The River," and the first-person narrative of "Between a Mother and a Child" exert the sort of emotional gravity that would pull listeners too far into their thoughts for a commercial break. While a few others Nashville artists fill out their albums with worthwhile non-hits (Patty Loveless being a prime example), Wright's turned the equation around: recording a cohesive, artistic album that just happens to feature a few hit-ready tracks.

Hats off to Dualtone for stepping in to promote Wright as a musical artist, just as Nashville's majors decided she wasn't worth promoting as a hit single machine.
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I think this will go down as my favorite album of her for now. it was her best effort at making it "Hers" and if she keeps it up and learns from it to improve her art. then all i can say is i just can't wait for her next effort.

i just love how the album starts. no music intro, no other noise like an intake of breath for example, just her lovely voice softly starting the opening sentance of her song "...Different Day Different town..." then the simple strum of a guitar. it's beautiful - at that point she was telling me that this was different than what she has ever done before. she going to bare her soul for me,tell me her secrets, tell me what she thinks of a certain subject and then move on. (well, i think as much as she willing to let us know for right now.)

on the cover of the album it shows us a sweet, beautiful - but also a little sad picture of herself that looks like she wants to be vunerable and serious for a little bit. there is no sexy pictures within this CD. there is no need for it. that is not the point. there is no fan fair with this, no cookie cutter music,and no electronic or computer assitance with this. just some just some good music with good stories to go along with the melody and the effort.

she wrote most of the songs on the albums and even though i never really appriciated the early efforts of her being a singer and songwriter. i really enjoyed the songs she wrote. their not great songs but i think she's getting better and better with each song. "Southside of Lonesome" is my favorite.

i don't know the story behind the album but i really want to believe that they found this old run-down hotel and she had this inspiration to use it to cut the album and tell us the stories that she may have written in the very same building.
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This CD has Chely's fingerprints all over it....writing, producing, singing.....and she should be proud. What an excellent CD--from start to finish.

It is rich in stand-out instrumentation, without being over-produced, or at the expense of the vocals.....because it also has stand-out vocals (Chely is in top form---and incorporates the perfect inflections, spoken word, and hooks, in just the right places). And the lyrics...the songs range from heartfelt to fun...without the "fluff" or filler. No filler here!

It's my nature to skip the slower songs on a CD for the first few listens, but not here. They're all too good to pass up.

In my opinion, Chely has taken a step back stylistically (to her roots) and a huge leap forward artistically. And...it's a winning combination!
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