Mission Temple Fireworks Stand

Mission Temple Fireworks Stand

by Sawyer BrownSawyer Brown


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If the cover depicting Sawyer Brown as a bunch of tough yet well-groomed carnies wasn't an indication that their 2005 effort Mission Temple Fireworks Stand captures a rougher, rowdier version of the veteran country-pop band, the opening title cut confirms it. A galloping bluesy rocker, patterned on a gospel-tent singalong but sounding like pure Southern rock, it's a welcome change from the cautious crossover pop of 2002's Can You Hear Me Now and it's a good indication of what the overriding character of the album is. Throughout much of the rest of the album, Sawyer Brown favor loose, lean, humorous country-rockers, whether it's spiking Steven Curtis Chapman's "Tarzan and Jane" with "ooga-chakas" lifted from Jonathan King's take on B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling" or doing a spirited cover of the Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands to Yourself." It's as if the group heard the raunchy sounds of Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson and decided the way to compete was going for straight-ahead Southern rock. Of course, this is Sawyer Brown, the group that first came to fame on Star Search, so they haven't abandoned their taste for big sentiment, and they have two of their most unbearably mawkish numbers to date here: "With You Daddy," a tale of a father dying from lung cancer, and its flip side, "One Little Heartbeat at a Time," a tale about a newborn baby. These are syrupy, drippy tunes, but they don't slow down the album too much, since most of the record moves along briskly -- the hooks are plentiful, the band sounds tight, and the production is uncluttered, making for their best record in over a decade.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187887923
catalogNumber: 78879
Rank: 95565

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sawyer Brown   Primary Artist
Joe Erkman   Rhythm Guitar
Jim Scholten   Bass Guitar
Caleb Chapman   Choir, Chorus
Will Franklin Chapman   Choir, Chorus
Joe "Curley" Smyth   Drums
Hobie Hubbard   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gunnar Miller   Choir, Chorus
Hunter Miller   Choir, Chorus
Logan Miller   Choir, Chorus
Madison Miller   Choir, Chorus
Joe Smyth   Drums
Shayne Hill   Guitar,Background Vocals
Joe Erkman   Guitar
Mark A. Miller   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steven Curtis Chapman   Composer
Dan Baird   Composer
Dale Oliver   Composer,Engineer
Dean Chance   Composer
Paul Thorn   Composer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Billy Maddox   Composer
Greg Hubbard   Composer
John Lewis   Engineer
Sam Hewitt   Engineer
Elaine Schock   Publicity

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