Emotional Traffic

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Emotional Traffic
Studio album by Tim McGraw
Released January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24)
Genre Country
Label Curb
Producer Byron Gallimore
Tim McGraw
Darran Smith
Tim McGraw chronology
Number One Hits
(2010)
Emotional Traffic
(2012)
Tim McGraw & Friends
(2013)
Singles from Emotional Traffic
  1. "Felt Good on My Lips"
    Released: September 20, 2010
  2. "Better Than I Used to Be"
    Released: November 28, 2011
  3. "Right Back Atcha Babe"
    Released: June 25, 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (62/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
American Songwriter 3.5/5 stars [3]
Country Weekly (favorable) [4]
Entertainment Weekly B [5]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars [6]
The New York Times (average) [7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [8]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars [9]
Uncut 1/5 stars [1]
USA Today 3/4 stars [10]
The Washington Post (average) [11]

Emotional Traffic is the eleventh studio album by American country music artist Tim McGraw. Originally completed in late 2010, it is McGraw's last studio album released by Curb Records, a label he's been with since his debut album Tim McGraw (1993).[12] It was released on January 24, 2012.[13]

Background[edit]

Emotional Traffic was originally completed in late 2010, but was held by Curb Records. In an interview with "The Boot", McGraw expressed his frustration with the label saying "All the songs have been done for a long time, and the label has had it; It's the last album that they have of mine, so they're trying to hold on to it as long as they can."[14] On May 13, 2011, Curb Records filed a breach-of-contract suit against McGraw, alleging that McGraw recorded tracks for the album too early prior to its delivery to the label.[15]

Several days later, McGraw filed a counter suit against the label seeking advance payment and recording-fund reimbursement, unspecified damages, and a jury trial, which is set to begin in July 2012.[16][17]

NPR featured Emotional Traffic in its website's First Listen series, streaming the album in its entirety beginning January 16, 2012.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Halo"   Jedd Hughes, Luke Laird 4:57
2. "Right Back Atcha Babe"   Dave Pahanish, Joe West 4:51
3. "One Part, Two Part" (feat. Faith Hill) Dee Ervine 3:32
4. "I Will Not Fall Down"   Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 4:35
5. "The One"   Angie Aparo, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 3:52
6. "Better Than I Used to Be"   Ashley Gorley, Brian Simpson 3:22
7. "Touchdown Jesus"   Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip 4:04
8. "The One That Got Away"   Pahanish, West 4:44
9. "Felt Good on My Lips"   Brett Beavers, Jim Beavers, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 4:39
10. "Hey Now"   B. Beavers, J. Beavers, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 4:15
11. "Only Human" (feat. Ne-Yo) Aparo, Ty Lacy, Shaffer Smith 3:52
12. "Die by My Own Hand"   David Tolliver, Chad Warrix, Rivers Rutherford 5:07

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[19] 14
Australian Country Albums Chart[20] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[21] 7
US Billboard 200[21] 2
US Billboard Top Country Albums[21] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN
2010 "Felt Good on My Lips" 1 26 36
2011 "Better Than I Used to Be" 5 52 71
2012 "Right Back Atcha Babe" 59
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Preceded by
Clancy's Tavern by Toby Keith
Top Country Albums number-one album
February 11–18, 2012
Succeeded by
Home by Dierks Bentley

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Emotional Traffic". Metacritic. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Emotional Traffic - Tim McGraw". Allmusic. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Baxley, Jaymie (January 24, 2012). "Tim McGraw: Emotional Traffic". American Songwriter. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (January 23, 2012). "Emotional Traffic by Tim McGraw". Country Weekly. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ Wood, Mikael (January 27, 2012). "Emotional Traffic review - Tim McGraw Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Lewis, Randy (January 24, 2012). "Album review: Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ Caramanica, Jon (January 23, 2012). "Tim McGraw: 'Emotional Traffic'". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Rosen, Jody (January 24, 2012). "Emotional Traffic". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (January 31, 2012). "Tim McGraw: Emotional Traffic". Slant Magazine. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Mansfield, Brian (January 24, 2012). "Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic' is a retro jam". USA Today. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Stewart, Allison (January 23, 2012). "Music review: Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic'". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ Morris, Edward (28 November 2011). "Tim McGraw to Ask Court to Allow Him to Record for Another Label". CMT. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic' Arrives Jan. 24". 3 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Tim McGraw Laments Label's Hold on Upcoming Album". The Boot. April 20, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Curb Records Files Breach-of-Contract Suit Against Tim McGraw". Billboard. May 16, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Tim McGraw Files Counter Suit Against Curb Records". Billboard. May 24, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Court Says Tim McGraw Is Free to Record and Shop for Another Label". CMT. November 30, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ http://www.npr.org/2012/01/13/145186496/first-listen-tim-mcgraw-emotional-traffic
  19. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association". ARIA. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  20. ^ http://www.ariacharts.com.au/pages/charts_display_country.asp?chart=1F20
  21. ^ a b c "Chart listing for Emotional Traffic". Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 

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