Eternal (Jamie O'Neal album)

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Eternal
Studio album by Jamie O'Neal
Released May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)
Genre Country
Length 41:20
Label Shanachie
Producer Jamie O'Neal, Rodney Good
Jamie O'Neal chronology
Brave
(2005)
Eternal
(2014)

Eternal is the third studio album by Australian country music singer Jamie O'Neal. It was released on 27 May 2014 via Shanachie Records. Except for the closing track and first single, "Wide Awake", every song is a cover song.

Content[edit]

Artists covered on the album include Emmylou Harris, Juice Newton, Connie Smith, and Larry Gatlin. On her choices for content, O'Neal told Billboard that "These songs had a lot to do with my childhood… I think I based the album what I loved and listened to when I was a kid. I think it's so important to keep the heritage alive in this technological world is so important. It's so easy to get away from where we came from. It's important for me to keep those songs alive."[1]

The only original song is "Wide Awake", which O'Neal wrote with her father, Jimmy Murphy.[2] She also co-produced the album with her husband, Rodney Good.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Jeffrey B. Remz of Country Standard Time rated the album favorably, saying that "Credit also goes to Good and O'Neal for not only accentuating her vocal skills, but also not being afraid to let the traditional country sounds filter throughout."[5] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars, writing, "The song variety is excellent, offering plenty of forgotten gems and familiar songs. While most of the arrangements aren't terribly far-removed from their originals… Jamie leaves her own mark on every single one by merit of her colorful singing voice alone".[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Born to Run" (Paul Kennerley) — 3:38
  2. "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" (Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue) — 2:46
  3. "Golden Ring" (Bobby Braddock, Rafe Van Hoy) — 3:04
  4. "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (Kris Kristofferson) — 3:42
  5. "I've Done Enough Dyin' Today" (Larry Gatlin) — 4:25
  6. "Just One Time" (Don Gibson) — 2:50
  7. "Leavin' on Your Mind" (Wayne Walker) — 3:58
  8. "One Day I Walk" (Bruce Cockburn) — 4:34
  9. "Rock Me (In the Cradle of Love)" (Deborah Allen, Van Hoy) — 4:05
  10. "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" (Otha Young) — 4:07
  11. "Wide Awake" (Jamie O'Neal, Jimmy Murphy) — 4:11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (23 May 2014). "Jamie O'Neal Returns With 'Eternal,' First Album In 9 Years". Billboard. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jamie O’Neal Set to Release New Album". The Boot. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (11 March 2014). "Jamie O'Neal covers country classics on Eternal". MusicRow. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Cooper, Peter (22 May 2014). "Jamie O’Neal aims for ‘Eternal’ truths". The Tennesseean. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Remz, Jeffrey B. "Jamie O'Neal — Eternal". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Peacock, Bobby (26 May 2014). "Album Review: Jamie O'Neal - Eternal". Roughstock. Retrieved 27 May 2014.