100 Proof (album)

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100 Proof
Studio album by Kellie Pickler
Released January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24)
Recorded Ben Folds' Recording Studio, Nashville, TN
Genre Country
Length 34:44
Label BNA, 19, XIX
Producer Frank Liddell, Luke Wooten
Kellie Pickler chronology
Kellie Pickler
(2008)
100 Proof
(2012)
The Woman I Am
(2013)
Singles from 100 Proof
  1. "Tough"
    Released: June 13, 2011
  2. "100 Proof"
    Released: April 16, 2012

100 Proof is the third studio album by American country music artist Kellie Pickler. It was released on January 24, 2012.[1] The album includes the single "Tough". The title track, was released exclusively on iTunes on December 20, 2011. The album sold 27,000 copies in the first week, and is the highest-charting album of Pickler's career on the Billboard 200 and the Digital Albums chart.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B+[5]
Country Universe 4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly B+[7]
Roughstock 5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[9]
Taste of Country 4/5 stars[10]

Upon its release, 100 Proof received generally positive reviews from most music critics.[2] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, based on 6 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[2] Rolling Stone listed 100 Proof as one of the five best country albums of 2012, and called Pickler "an unlikely trad-country heroine. But 100 Proof may be the best traditionalist album of the year. Pickler wraps her big, lustrous voice around old-fashioned honky tonk, rollicking road stories and big ballads, all produced with a perfect balance of throwback twang and contemporary sheen."[11]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine with Allmusic gave it a four star rating, calling it "potent and straight, [it] hits harder than anything she's done before. [...] 100 Proof is the album where Kellie Pickler stops being a TV star and turns into a genuine recording artist: it's an album that's not just good when graded on a curve, but good by any measure.[4] Rating it three stars out of five, Country Weekly writer Jessica Nicholson said that "it's clear that the American Idol alum has matured". She also praised Pickler's performance on "Tough" and "Unlock That Honky Tonk", and thought that the production was more traditional-sounding than mainstream country.[12] Taste of Country's Billy Dukes rated the album four stars, and affirmed that with respect to this album "she should (and is) proud of, but almost more exciting is how this underestimated singer will slink into the traditional country genre on the next album and the one after that, and the one after that", which this "Kellie Pickler 2.0 is an upgrade that will make her a viable star for years to come."[10] At Entertainment Weekly, Ray Rahman graded the album a B+, and found that "Proof is her meatiest, most adventurous output yet."[7] In addition, MSN Music's Robert Christgau graded it a B+, and prefaced that "American Idol haunts this artistic breakthrough, a sense that she'll always sing what she's told no matter how many composition credits she bags", which she got six, "but if making nice comes all too naturally, the ones about the daughter she doesn't have and the father she was stuck with say that love is something she's willing to tough out."[5]

Jonathan Keefe with Slant Magazine gave a three and-a-half rating, calling it a very good album saying it "100 Proof isn't a great album, but it's certainly a very good one, and it boasts a strong traditionalist bent. Though the album lacks a cohesive through line or consistent depth of material that would make for something more accomplished and challenging, it's a deeply personal record that explores country music's conventions in a creative, respectful way and gives Pickler ample opportunity to prove her chops as an interpretive singer. Whether or not the album allows her to boost her commercial profile remains to be seen, but it proves that Pickler is capable of far more than she has previously let on".[9] Giving it 5 stars, Dan MacIntosh with Roughstock was in high praise of the "traditional country" sound on the album saying "This may be her third release/try to get it right, but she succeeds with flying colors; if 100 Proof is any indication of her musical future, Kellie Pickler is now an artistic force to be reckoned with".[8] About.com's Robert Silva rated the album a four star, and he said that the "bottom line" with respect to this album that he "never expected Pickler to produce this good of an album. With 100 Proof, she takes a step forward from a crowd of sound-alikes. If Pickler lacks the fire and clever songwriting of Miranda Lambert, she nevertheless rivals Lambert's most recent record for pure start-to-stop listening pleasure."[3] At Country Universe, Ben Foster rated the album four stars, and praised that "there is much that 100 Proof gets right", which was done "by placing Pickler in the musical environment that suits her best, and giving her a strong batch of song material".[6] Furthermore, Forster found that "100 Proof demonstrates that Pickler’s potential is significantly greater than her previous efforts suggested", and that truly "without a doubt, 100 Proof is Pickler’s strongest album to date".[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Where's Tammy Wynette"   Jimmy Ritchey, Don Poythress, Leslie Satcher 2:42
2. "Unlock That Honky Tonk"   Kellie Pickler, Satcher 3:38
3. "Stop Cheatin' on Me"   Morgane Hayes, Liz Rose, Chris Stapleton 2:48
4. "Long as I Never See You Again"   Pickler, Dean Dillon, Dale Dodson 3:44
5. "Tough"   Satcher 2:49
6. "Turn On the Radio and Dance"   Pickler, Satcher 3:13
7. "Mother's Day"   Pickler, Kyle Jacobs 3:41
8. "Rockaway (The Rockin' Chair Song)"   Pickler, Barry Dean, Brent Cobb 3:04
9. "Little House On the Highway"   Rodney Clawson, Natalie Hemby 3:13
10. "100 Proof"   James T. Slater, Satcher 3:46
11. "The Letter (To Daddy)"   Dodson, Dillon, Pickler 2:06

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[13] 7
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 2

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country
[14]
US
[15]
2011 "Tough"A 30 119
2012 "100 Proof" 50
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kellie Pickler's New Album Due Jan. 24". CMT. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Metacritic (January 24, 2012). "Critic Reviews for 100 Proof". CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Silva, Robert. "Kellie Pickler - '100 Proof' Album Review". About.com. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "100 Proof - Kellie Pickler - Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Ashley Monroe/Kellie Pickler". MSN Music, Expert Witness. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Foster, Ben (January 24, 2012). "Album Review: Kellie Pickler, 100 Proof". Country Universe. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Rahman, Ray (January 20, 2013). "Albums: Jan. 27, 2012". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b MacIntosh, Dan (January 17, 2012). "Kellie Pickler - 100 Proof". Roughstock. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Keefe, Jonathan (January 22, 2012). "Kellie Pickler - 100 Proof". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (January 25, 2012). "Kellie Pickler, '100 Proof' – Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Best Country Albums of 2012". Rolling Stone. December 7, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (January 23, 2012). "100 Proof : Kellie Pickler". Country Weekly. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales
  14. ^ "Kellie Pickler Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 13 January 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of July 9, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 13, 2012.