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Album Review: Brad Paisley – ‘Part II’

Released in 2001, Brad Paisley’s sophomore album would continue Paisley’s run of success with 4 top 10 radio hits, including a chart-topper.  The album itself would go onto be certified platinum.  Again with the help of producer Frank Rogers, Part II doesn’t stray far from the traditional sound of his debut release, though it does show off the sense of humor that would come to dominate Brad’s single releases in recent years.

Following the ballad success from his debut album. the like-minded hit ‘Two People Fell In Love’ found its way to the top 5 as the album’s lead single. The influence of George Strait can be heard of the album’s third single, the jamming ‘Wrapped Around’, which found its way to a #2 peak.

‘I’m Gonna Miss Her’, a clever novelty tune in which a man chooses the fishing hole over a happy home, became Brad’s second chart-topper. In the same vein is the catchy and memorable ‘Come On Over Tonight’, which finds a smitten fellow inviting the lady of his affections over, after swearing off love for good.

Highlights include the final single, ‘I Wish You’d Stay’, written by Brad with Chris Dubois. Here, the narrator is aching for his love to stay, but offers his blessings on her departure, as well as several favors and help along the way.  Also essential is Paisley’s melodic take on ‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive’, an oft-recorded modern-day masterpiece.

‘Too Country’ features a guest vocal from George Jones, Bill Anderson, and Buck Owens in a simple fiddle and acoustic guitar arrangment of a song that begs to ask “what is too country?” The album closes with a live recording from the Grand Ole Opry on the sacred hymn ‘The Old Rugged Cross’, which features an opening from Little Jimmy Dickens.

Paying tribute to tradition was surely a factor for Brad when recording Part II, and that shows throughout. The neo-traditional arrangement on every track not only shows his love and respect for the genre’s traditions, but also his own talent in reproducing them, making Part II essential listening for any fan of neo-traditional country.

Grade: A-

Part II is still widely available. Buy it now at amazon.

6 responses to “Album Review: Brad Paisley – ‘Part II’

  1. Michael A. November 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Nice review. This was the album that caused me to take notice of Brad Paisley. Nothing on his debut really stood out enough to make me want to purchase it. However, I really enjoyed “Two People Fell in Love” on its release. The other singles weren’t bad either, but for the most part Brad’s discography has always been hit or miss for me. For every song that I love (“Whiskey Lullaby”, “When I Get Where I’m Going”, “Welcome to the Future”), there’s one that I hate (“I’m Still a Guy”, “Ticks”, “Water”).

  2. bob November 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Good album. Besides the songs mentioned in your review I liked “You Have That Effect On Me”. Glad to see that he won the entertainer award.

  3. Occasional Hope November 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Another good record from Brad. I’m particularly fond of ‘Wrapped Around’.

    • Razor X November 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm

      I like the entire album a lot.

    • J.R. Journey November 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      I like ‘Wrapped Around’ too. It reminds me of ‘Me Neither’, but I like ‘Wrapped Around’ a little better. I had mentioned several up-tempos in my review and I sorta lost that one in the shuffle. It should be noted that ‘Wrapped Around’ was a #2 hit in Billboard (#1 Mediabase) as the second single from this album.

  4. Greg November 15, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I think I’m the only person who really didn’t like I’m Gonna Miss Her. I thought it was cute at first, but I found it got old pretty fast. Either way, this was a great album from start to finish.

    I agree, that one of Brad’s greatest songs “I Wish You’d Stay” can be found on this album.

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