Infobox Album |
Name = Unglamorous
Type = studio
August 14, 2007
Genre = Country,
Length = 45:34
Warner Bros. Records, StyleSonic Records
Tim McGraw& Byron Gallimore
Allmusic" Rating|3|5 Birchmeier, Jason, [http://wc10.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fnfoxzq5ldde "Review: "Unglamorous"] , " Allmusic"]
*"Billboard" (favorable) Tucker, Ken, "Unglamorous", "Billboard"119:33, 18 August 2007, p.47]
Boston Globe" (favorable) Anderman, Joan, [http://www.boston.com/ae/music/cd_reviews/articles/2007/08/14/nashville_adds_some_gloss_but_mckenna_retains_her_grace/ "CD Review: Nashville adds some gloss, but McKenna retains her grace"] , " Boston Globe", August 14, 2007]
Rolling Stone" Rating|3|5 Ganz, Caryn, [http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/15750641/review/15825601/unglamorous "Review: Lori McKenna - "Unglamorous"] , "Rolling Stone" on-line, August 1, 2007]
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"Unglamorous" is the first major label debut album from country/folk singer
Lori McKenna. After three songs written by McKenna appeared on Faith Hill's 2005 album, "Fireflies", Warner Bros. Recordsre-released McKenna's 2004 album " Bittertown" (her fourth independent release). "Unglamorous", however, is the first album of McKenna's recorded specifically for a major label. The album was released August 14, 2007 on StyleSonic Recordsthrough Warner Bros. Records.
Tim McGrawco-produces the album and each of them contributes vocals to one of the tracks. Other notable guest appearances are made by Kelly Willis, Darrell Scott, Bryan Suttonand Buddy Miller.
All of the songs were written or co-written by McKenna. She describes her songs as a collision of autobiography, observation and a vivid imagination. As a 38-year-old mother of five and married 19 years to the same man, McKenna has a lot of life experience to draw upon.
"I only can write about what I know or conversations I've had with people who have the same type of life that I do," McKenna says in "Billboard", "I live in the same town I grew up in. I only have a sixth grade vocabulary, and I only know three chords. This is who I am, and I don't really have time to take a piano class or anything."
The opening cut, "I Know You", makes a reference to poet,
D. H. Lawrence.
The first single release from the album was the title track, "Unglamorous".
"Unglamorous" was widely reviewed with a generally favorable reception. An analysis of reviews by
Metacriticassigned the album a score of 80 out of 100 placing the album just below the top rated albums of 2007. [http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/mckennalori/unglamorous "Lori McKenna: "Unglamorous" (2007): Reviews"] , Metacritic] Writing for "Billboard", critic Ken Tucker suggests the album may be "one of [2007's] best country albums."
A number of reviews expressed concern that the more slick Nashville production was not the best setting for McKenna's songs, and "
Rolling Stone" describes the sound at times as falling into, "unglamorous midtempo muck." On the whole, however, many writers felt that the production did not ultimately do According to " The Boston Globe", "The subtle twang that crept into the smart folk and finely wrought Americana on McKenna's four previous albums has been shined up and sharpened, but the endeavor still feels natural."
McKenna toured as an opening act for
Faith Hilland Tim McGrawon the first five weeks of their Soul2Soul 2007Tour in June and July 2007 to help promote the album. This 18 show run in the United Statesand Canadaintroduced McKenna's music to 260,000 Hill and McGraw fans.Tucker, Ken, "Unglamorous" Life", "Billboard"119:31, 18 August 2007, p.35]
McKenna also appeared with Hill on "Oprah". She performed on ABC's "
Good Morning America" on the day the album was released and was also featured on "Nightline". "People" and Oprah Winfrey's " O Magazine" also featured pieces covering McKenna.
McKenna tours with the support of a
Bostonband (musicians that do not appear on this recording) that includes Mark Erelli, Paul Kochanski, Russell Chudnofsky, and John Sands. She has since toured as an opener for country singer Trisha Yearwood.
# "I Know You" (McKenna) - 3:57
# "Unglamorous" (McKenna, Rose) - 4:12
# "Your Next Lover" (McKenna) - 4:28
# "I'm Not Crazy" (McKenna) - 4:18
# "Falter" (McKenna) - 4:49
# "Witness to Your Life" (McKenna) - 3:31
# "Drinkin' Problem" (McKenna, Sanders) - 4:00
# "How to Survive" (McKenna, Rose) - 4:37
# "Written Permission" (McKenna) - 4:08
# "Confetti" (McKenna, Wilhelm) - 4:01
# "Leaving This Life" (McKenna, Sanders) - 4:53
* Lori McKenna - vocals and acoustic guitar
Tom Bukovac- acoutsitc & electric guitars
Dan Dugmore- Dobro, steel guitar
Stuart Duncan- fiddle, mandolin
Shannon Forrest- drums
Byron Gallimore- synthesizer& electric guitar
Tony Harrell- organ, synthesizer, piano, harmonium, Wurlitzer
Darrell Scott- acoustic guitar, mandolin
Bryan Sutton- acoustic guitar, mandolin
Glenn Worf- bass
*String arrangements on "Your Next Lover", "Falter" & "Leaving This Life" by Kristin Wilkinson
** Kristin Wilkinson - viola
** David Angell - violin
** David Davidson - Violin
** John Catchings - cello
Greg Barnhill- "I Know You", "Unglamorous", "Your Next Lover", "Written Permission" & "Confetti"
Bekka Bramlett- "Unglamorous"
Byron Gallimore- "Written Permission"
Faith Hill- "Falter"
Tim McGraw- "Drinkin' Problem"
Buddy Miller- "How to Survive"
Kelly Willis- "I'm Not Crazy" & "Leaving this Life"
* Produced by
Tim McGraw& Byron Gallimore
* Recorded by Julian King at Ocean way,
* Assistant engineers - David Bryant, PJ French, and Todd Shall
* Additional editing and
Pro Tools- Erik Lutkins, Sara Lesher & Jesse Chrisman at Essential Sound, Nashville
* Kelly Willis' background vocals:
**Recorded at Premium Recording
**Engineer Kevin Symanski
* "Confetti" and "I Know You"
** Mixed by Julian King at Ocean Way, Nashville
** Mix assistants - Leslie Richter, David Bryant
*"I'm Not Crazy" and "Drinkin' Problem"
** Mixed by Erik Lutkins at Essential sound, Nashville
**Mix assistant - Sara Lesher
* "Leaving This Life", "Unglamorous", "Your Next Lover", "Falter", "Witness to Your Life", "How to Survive", and "Written Permission"
**Mixed by Byron Gallimore at Essential Sound, Nashville
**Mix assistants - Erik Lutkins, sara Lesher and Jesse Chrisman
*Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering,
* Art direction & design - Stephen Walker
* Art production - Aaron Horwitz
* Photography - andrew Southam, Michael "Mick" Wilson & Nancy Giroux
Management - Brian Avnet, Amos Newman, & Michael Gorffaine
* [http://lorimckenna.com/ Official Lori McKenna website]
* [http://wbrnashville.com/ Warner Bros. Records, Nashville]
* [http://myspace.com/lorimckenna Official Lori McKenna MySpace page]
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