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Those who judge Josh Turner's outstanding third album on the basis of its simplistic, trifling lead hit single, "Firecracker," are in for a surprise when they dig into the whole thing. Writing or co-writing seven of the 12 cuts here, Turner shows he has a handle on deeper, more nuanced feelings than "Firecracker" offers, and he brings them to vivid life with his expressive, rumbling bass voice. Sticking to a basic band accompaniment -- acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, fiddle, dobro, propulsive rhythm section -- supplemented here and there by acoustic and electric keyboards, synthesized strings and expressive backup choruses, Turner's unaffected singing is showcased to maximum emotional impact. This is especially true on the yearning ballad, "Another Try," rich in strings and enhanced by Trisha Yearwood's incandescent harmonizing; and more so on the ambitious, five-minute mini-epic, "The Longer The Waiting (The Sweeter The Kiss)," a love letter from a sailor making his final voyage and appealing to his lover to wait for his return. In a voice by turns strong and determined and soft and pleading, Turner appeals his case in plaintive tones and terms; behind him, the arrangement surges and recedes, like waves on his mythical ocean, its moody atmosphere defined by a guitar twanging as lonely and desolate as Phil Upchurch's in Dee Clark's "Raindrops," and the distant, haunting sound of whistling. But he has plenty of fun when he kicks out the jams too, most notably on the bruising barnburner, "Trailerhood," which extols the laid-back virtues of mobile home life and gains added sizzle from a lively set-to between Brent Rowan's sputtering electric guitar and Steve Hinson's serpentine steel guitar exhortations. Everything Is Fine is country like it oughta be.
Performance CreditsJosh Turner Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion,Strings
Chad Cromwell Drums
Jay Dawson Bagpipes
Shannon Forrest Drums
John Gardner Drums
Kevin Grantt Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Steve Hinson Dobro,Steel Guitar
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar,Hi String
Liana Manis Background Vocals
Gordon Mote Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Brent Rowan Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Baritone)
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson Harmonica
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,national steel guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Mike Johnson Dobro
Technical CreditsJohnny Horton Composer
Pat McLaughlin Composer
Shawn Camp Composer
Neal Cappellino overdub engineer
Mark Tucker Cover Photo
Drew Bollman overdub engineer
Tillman Franks Composer
Anthony Hamilton Composer,Duet
Josh Turner Composer,Art Direction,Duet
Richard Barrow Engineer,overdub engineer
Phillip Lammonds Composer
Frank Rogers Producer,Audio Production
Jeremy Spillman Composer
Chris Stapleton Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Everything Is Fine based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
This CD is absolutly phenomenal!!! You will not find another country artist today who sticks to the traditional values of family, love, and faith like Josh Turner...not to mention that awesome voice! The songs are excellent, from fun and sexy to faithfull and true, there is not one that is dissapointing. This is what true country sounds like.
After listening to part of each song title on this cd, the title "Everything Is Fine" is the appropriate title for it. This is another great cd album.
This CD is the BEST ONE I OWN, and I've got some big ones like Kenney Chesney and Carrie Underwood. Josh Turner is a true down home country star, and his amazing voice is like no other. Move oever Kenny and Carrie, THIS is true country!
I'm in my car a lot - this CD lives with me in the car. There's not a bad track on it - my favorites - "The Way He Was Raised", "The Longer the Waiting", and "One Woman Man" (I believe a great old George Jones song and, Josh' right up there with George on this one). You like country? buy this one~
I have to say that Everything Is Fine with these hit songs from Josh Turner. I love playing his CD's in the car whenever I'm running errands or going out of town. I cannot get enough of Josh; everything about his music speaks to me in a way that few words can describe. If you are a true country fan, Josh will surely please your tastes.
I have to say that after Long Black Train was released I was impressed. He's a great artist so it was no shock that I ran out to buy Your Man, but I was a bit disapointed with the release. He didn't deliver on his Sophmore album the way he did on his first. This one brings him back to me. I have to say he's back and I love this CD.
We own hundreds of CDs of various genres of music and this CD gets the most play of any of them! We are country music fans of both "old" and "new" country and Josh Turner and this CD are absolutely one of our favorites. This is country as it should be, with the flavor of classic country easily mixed into new country without losing any integrity. I rarely bother to write reviews good or bad, but Mr. Turner deserves any and all praise given for this phenomenal collection of songs. His talent as a writer and performer is rare and exceptional. I hope he gets all of the radio play and accolades this album deserves. If you are even remotely a country music fan , you MUST own this CD!