4 Runner (album)

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4 Runner
Studio album by 4 Runner
Released 1995
Genre Country
Label Polydor Nashville
Producer Buddy Cannon, Larry Shell
4 Runner chronology
4 Runner
(1995)
Getaway Car
(2003)

4 Runner is the debut album of the American country music group 4 Runner, released in 1995 on the Nashville division of Polydor Records. It produced the singles "Cain's Blood", "A Heart with 4 Wheel Drive", "Home Alone", and "Ripples", all of which charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs charts. Of these four single, "Cain's Blood" was the only one to chart within the Top 40, peaking at #26.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Brian Wahlert of Country Standard Time criticized some of the songs on 4 Runner for "cop[ying] the worst pop elements" of The Oak Ridge Boys, but said that the presence of bass singer Jim Chapman gave the material a "fresh sound." His review praised "Cain's Blood" and "A Heart with 4 Wheel Drive" as the strongest tracks.[2] Entertainment Weekly critic Alanna Nash gave the album a B-minus rating. In her review, she said that "they can be as hokey as the Oaks, but unlike the Statlers, they're sentimental without being mawkish."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Heart with 4 Wheel Drive"   Billy Maddox, Paul Thorn 3:42
2. "Good Lookin'"   Chris East, Mickey Jupp 2:53
3. "Cain's Blood"   Michael Johnson, Jack Sundrud 3:52
4. "The House at the End of the Road"   Rock Killough, Larry T. Wilson 3:36
5. "Ripples"   Tony Haselden 3:25
6. "You Make the Moonlight"   Chris Waters, Tom Shapiro 2:51
7. "Oh No"   Al Anderson, Mike Lawler 3:55
8. "Let the Good Times Roll"   Tony Martin, Reese Wilson 3:31
9. "Home Alone"   Dennis Wilson, Craig Morris 2:30
10. "Southern Wind"   Walt Aldridge, James Hooker 4:26

Personnel[edit]

4 Runner[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

All strings performed by the Nashville String Machine under the conduction of Carl Gorodetzky.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 27
U.S. Billboard 200 144
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 3
Canadian RPM Country Albums 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 149. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Wahlert, Brian. "4 Runner review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Nash, Alanna (19 May 1995). "4 Runner review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 May 2010.