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Opening as it does with "Don't Be Cruel," the listener might be led to believe that Heartland was a distinct follow-up to Rockin' With the Rhythm. But it's a misleading track. While "Don't Be Cruel" gives you a fresh, new interpretation of the classic so closely associated with Elvis that it feels like a the Everly Sisters reinvention rather than a redo, it's also different from virtually everything else on the album. Far from the nominal gritty funkiness of its predecessor, Heartland walks a thin line between roots rock and mainstream country. Mostly with producer Brent Maher and the same band that had been playing with them from the beginning, this set feels a tad uneven. Perhaps it's because the great songs here such as the aforementioned "Turn It Loose," "Cow Cow Boogie," and "I Know Where I'm Going" outshine the ballads not just in terms of energy, but in vocal experimentation. Only "The Sweetest Gift" with Emmylou Harris adding another voice to an already rich harmonic tapestry equals the bluesier, swinging country-rock tunes. That doesn't make this a bad or substandard record in any way, just one that creates a tension within itself that remains unresolved.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2003
Label: Curb Special Markets
UPC: 0715187878525
catalogNumber: 78785
Rank: 62690

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judds   Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals
David Schnaufer   Dulcimer
Jordanaires   Background Vocals
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Craig Bickhardt   Rhythm Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Rhythm Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Kirk Johnson   Harmonica
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Craig Nelson   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Bobby Ogdin   Organ,Piano
Jack Williams   Electric Bass
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
David Schaufer   Dulcimer

Technical Credits

Don Potter   Composer
Naomi Judd   Contributor
Wynonna Judd   Contributor
Brent Maher   Producer,Engineer
Mary Hamilton   Art Direction
Vanessa Ware   Image Stylist
Don Schlitz   Composer

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