American Saturday Night

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American Saturday Night
Studio album by Brad Paisley
Released June 30, 2009
Recorded The Castle - Franklin, Tennessee
December, 2008 - March, 2009[1]
Genre Country
Length 62:16
Label Arista Nashville
Producer Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley chronology
Playlist: The Very Best of Brad Paisley
(2009)
American Saturday Night
(2009)
Hits Alive
(2010)
Singles from American Saturday Night
  1. "Then"
    Released: March 23, 2009
  2. "Welcome to the Future"
    Released: July 13, 2009
  3. "American Saturday Night"
    Released: November 16, 2009
  4. "Water"
    Released: March 29, 2010

American Saturday Night is the seventh studio album by American country music artist Brad Paisley. It was released on June 30, 2009, by Arista Nashville. Like all of his previous studio albums, it is produced by Frank Rogers.[2] The first single, "Then," has become his fourteenth Number One on the Hot Country Songs chart. iTunes released songs from the album weekly as part of the countdown to the album's release. "Water" was released on June 9, 2009, followed by the title track on June 16 and "Everybody's Here" on June 23. The second radio single is "Welcome to the Future." The title track was released as the third single on November 16, 2009. As of the chart dated January 8, 2011, the album has sold 714,812 copies in the US.[3] It earned a 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards nomination for "Album of the Year". In 2012, MSN.com listed American Saturday Night as one of the 21 Essential 21st-Century Albums.[4]

Content[edit]

In an interview with USA Today, Paisley said he took a more direct approach with this album: "I'm not so worried about making the songwriters in town sit and take notice, as I am wanting people to feel like I really meant what I said on this record."[5]

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes:

Gang Vocals on tracks 1, 3, 4, and 13: Robert Arthur, Tracie Hamilton, Gary Hooker, Kendal Marcy, Tim Owens, Valerie Pringle, Emily Reeves, Missy Reeves, Scott Reeves, and Ben Sesar

Vocals by the Dramamine Kings on "Catch All the Fish": Randel Currie, Jody Harris, Kenny Lewis, Kendal Marcy, Ben Sesar, Justin Williamson

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "American Saturday Night"   Brad Paisley, Kelley Lovelace, Ashley Gorley 4:34
2. "Everybody's Here"   Jim Beavers, Chris DuBois, Paisley 3:31
3. "Welcome to the Future"   DuBois, Paisley 5:52
4. "Then"   Paisley, DuBois, Gorley 5:21
5. "Water"   Paisley, DuBois, Lovelace 4:21
6. "She's Her Own Woman"   Jody Harris, Kenny Lewis, Paisley 4:29
7. "Welcome to the Future" (reprise) DuBois, Paisley 1:19
8. "Anything Like Me"   DuBois, Paisley, Dave Turnbull 4:13
9. "You Do the Math"   Robert Arthur, Tim Owens, Paisley 4:36
10. "No"   Paisley, Bill Anderson, Jon Randall 4:20
11. "Catch All the Fish"   Paisley, DuBois, Gorley 4:08
12. "Oh Yeah, You're Gone"   Paisley, Robben Ford 5:36
13. "The Pants"   DuBois, Owens, Paisley 4:36
14. "I Hope That's Me"   DuBois, Owens, Paisley 3:40
15. "Back to the Future" (hidden track) DuBois, Paisley 1:30
Total length:
62:16

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Billboard (86/100)[7]
Robert Christgau A[8]
Entertainment Weekly A−[9]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[12]
Spin (9/10)[13]
Uncut 2/5 stars[14]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[15]

The album was lauded by critics. According to Metacritic, the album holds a score of 78 out of 100 based on 13 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14] Chris William of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Paisley discs usually include instrumentals, comedy sketches, and gospel. Here, he drops that lovable detritus, going for constant home runs."[9] The Dallas Morning News also gave it an A− and said it "blends everything that's great about Paisley without overdoing the positives."[16] The 9513 gave it four stars out of five and called it " the most convincing evidence yet that Paisley has mastered his new direction and will remain on top for a long time to come."[17] Country Weekly also gave it four stars out of five and called it "another sterling entry in an increasingly imposing body of work."[18] Roughstock gave it a favorable review and called it "the work of an artist fully in command of both himself and his audience and it’s a record that is likely to become the most successful and popular release of his career."[19] The Washington Post also gave it a favorable review and said of Paisley, "As on most of the album's other songs, his delivery is honest and true, free of mawkishness, full of feeling and fine-tuned to its emotional core."[20] The New York Times gave it a positive review and said that "Mr. Paisley's songs are better when they're more abstract. The title track celebrates America as a mongrel nation, but it mostly expresses that thought through our playtime consumption: Dutch beer, Canadian bacon, Brazilian leather. A very big thought is being missed here."[21] BBC Music also gave it a favorable review and called it "a terrific and subtly clever album, a(nother) spirited and worthwhile challenge by Paisley to the prejudices of both sides of country's enduring schism."[22] The Boston Globe also gave it a favorable review and called it "a smartly produced album that, while adhering to the blueprint for commercial-radio country music, successfully lassos a loose party vibe."[23]

It was #1 on TIME Magazine's list of The Top Ten Albums of 2009. Rhapsody (online music service) ranked the album #12 on its "Country’s Best Albums of the Decade" list and #13 on its list of "The 25 Best Albums of 2009".[24][25]

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 2
Canadian Albums Chart 6
Australian ARIA Charts 67
UK Country Charts 17

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Year-end
2010
US Billboard 200 110[26]
US Billboard Top Country Albums 18[27]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US AC CAN
2009 "Then" 1 28 19 52
"Welcome to the Future" 2 42 60
"American Saturday Night" 2 67 66
2010 "Water" 1 42 54
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Preceded by
Hannah Montana: The Movie (soundtrack)
by Various artists
Billboard Top Country Albums number-one album
July 18, 2009 - July 25, 2009
Succeeded by
Fearless
by Taylor Swift

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Canada (Music Canada)[28] Gold
United States (RIAA)[29] Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Videos of recording process for American Saturday Night' on Paisley's blog
  2. ^ http://bradpaisley.musiccitynetworks.com/index.htm?inc=5&news_id=15498[dead link]
  3. ^ "Final Holiday Sales #s of 2010 are Huge for Country Artists". Roughstock. Roughstock.com. 2010-12-29. Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  4. ^ Bonaguro, Alison. OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley's Old Album Makes New List. CMT.com. March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Brad Paisley Getting Ready for 'American Saturday Night'". The Boot.com. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  6. ^ Allmusic review
  7. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (2009). "Brad Paisley, 'American Saturday Night'". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert. "American Saturday Night". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  9. ^ a b Willman, Chris (2009-07-01). "American Saturday Night Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  10. ^ Heaton, Dave (2009-08-06). "Brad Paisley: American Saturday Night". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  11. ^ Rosen, Jody (2009-07-20). "American Saturday Night : Brad Paisley : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  12. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (2009-07-05). "Brad Paisley: American Saturday Night". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  13. ^ Wood, Mikael (2009-08-25). "Brad Paisley, 'American Saturday Night'". Spin. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  14. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for American Saturday Night". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  15. ^ Mansfield, Brian (2009-06-29). "Listen Up: Brad Paisley pulls it together for 'Saturday Night'". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  16. ^ The Dallas Morning News review at the Wayback Machine (archived July 1, 2009)
  17. ^ Wilcox, C.M. (2009-07-08). "Album Review: Brad Paisley - American Saturday Night". The 9513. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  18. ^ "American Saturday Night". Country Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  19. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2009-07-16). "Brad Paisley - American Saturday Night". Roughstock. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  20. ^ Heim, Joe (2009-06-29). "CD Review: Brad Paisley's 'American Saturday Night' Is All Honky-Tonk With Heart". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  21. ^ The New York Times review
  22. ^ BBC Music review
  23. ^ Reed, James (2009-07-05). "His songs define 'modern' country". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  24. ^ "Country’s Best Albums of the Decade" Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  25. ^ The 25 Best Albums of 2009 Referenced July 31, 2010
  26. ^ "Best of 2010 - Billboard Top 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  27. ^ "Best of 2010 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  28. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Brad Paisley – American Saturday Night". Music Canada. 
  29. ^ "American album certifications – Brad Paisley – American Saturday Night". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH