Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love
|Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love|
|Studio album by Trisha Yearwood|
|Released||November 13, 2007|
|Recorded||Sound Emporium, Rukkus Room, Compass Studio|
|Trisha Yearwood chronology|
|Singles from Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love|
Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love is the tenth studio album released by American country artist Trisha Yearwood. The album was released on November 13, 2007 on Big Machine Records and was produced by Garth Fundis.
Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love was Yearwood's first studio album released since 2005's Jasper County and the first for the Big Machine record label. (In 2007, she exited MCA Nashville Records, her label of the previous 17 years, where she'd recorded nine studio albums between 1991 and 2005.) The album contains three singles that were spawned between 2007 and 2008.
Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, United States in three separate locations: the Sound Emporium, Rukkus Room, and Compass Studio. The album itself consisted of 13 tracks of recorded material. Thom Jurek of Allmusic found that the album's production did not include any "studio gimmicks" such as "compression trickery". He also enjoyed the fact that musical instruments such as electric guitars and drums sounded traditional and not like 1970s rock arena music. Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine found Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love to be a significant departure from any of Yearwood's previous releases. Keefe mentioned that the most recognizable departure was that it was recorded under an independent label, however the label has given more attention than thought of. Jurek thought all of the album's tracks were recorded in a "country vein".
Heaven Heartache and the Power of Love's title track was said to resemble that of a Rockabilly song that "cuts right out of the gate" according to Allmusic. The album's second track "This Is Me You're Talking To" shifts into a ballad, a song that Jurek called a "non-stereotypical ballad/love song". Other songs on the album  mix from uptempo to slow tempo. The sixth track "Let the Wind Chase You" featured background vocals from Australian country artist Keith Urban. The album's tenth track "Not a Bad Thing" was originally recorded by Canadian country artist Terri Clark on her 2003 release Pain to Kill and the closing track "Sing You Back to Me" was dedicated to Yearwood's father who had recently died.
In an interview with Country Music Television, Yearwood described how Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love (compared with her previous efforts) sounded more confident when she recorded the album. Yearwood noted that finding a comfort zone when recording was more important than simply finding confidence.
"I think there's a comfort level. I used to worry so much about it being pitch-perfect and over-thinking things. As a demo singer, you would go into a studio and you'd have a limited amount of time to sing your songs. You were getting paid $40 a song, you did your own harmonies, and you got work because you knew the song when you got there and you worked fast and cheap. And then when you go to make your album, and you've been waiting your entire life to make that first album, you think, "Oh, my gosh. This is an album and it has to be perfect." As time passes, you learn how to do a better job, just like anything."
Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine gave Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love four and a half out of five stars, noticing that she has "never sounded better" with the release of the album. Keefe also mentioned that the album should receive recognition from country radio because "more than half" of the album's songs could be used as radio singles: "Hopefully, Big Machine will make better choices in that regard than MCA did, because if country radio has any sense left at all, Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love should allow Yearwood to return to the top of the charts. It's a career-best effort from one of the genre's all-time greatest vocalists and a testament to the vitality, intelligence, and soulfulness of modern country's best music."
Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love received four and a half out of five stars from Thom Jurek at Allmusic. Jurek mentioned in the conclusion of his review that the album went beyond expectations for a country album to go, stating "The bottom line is this: Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love is, without a shadow of a doubt, the finest, most consistent and deeply moving (not to mention fun) record she has ever cut. It carries the mark of a bona fide artist who understands herself well enough to know that a great song is not only communicable but is communication itself to the listener.This time out, Yearwood is in a class by herself, and if country radio/video/television get involved at all, she'll hit it out of the park. It's better than good, it's beyond expectation -- and it was high after Jasper County -- it's the best example of what a popular record -- not just a country one -- should aspire to be, period." At the 51st Grammy Awards, Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love was nominated in the category for Best Country Album. In addition the second track "This Is Me You're Talking To" was nominated in the category for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and the sixth track "Let the Wind Chase You" was nominated for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.
Release and singles
Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love's title track was released as the lead single on July 30, 2007. The song debuted at #49 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart the week of July 28, 2007 and was the week's highest-debuting single. The single eventually peaked within the Top 20 on the Billboard country chart at #19, while also reaching #7 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart. Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love was officially released on November 13, 2007 and debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #30 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling about 33,000 copies within its first week. In January 2008, the album's second track was released as the second single "This Is Me You're Talking To". The song debuted at #58 on the Billboard country chart the week of January 12, 2008, while "Another Try," featuring Yearwood with country artist Josh Turner, debuted one position higher that same week at #57. The single would peak at #25 on the Billboard country chart. The third and final single spawned from the album was the fourth track "They Call It Falling for a Reason". Released on July 26, 2008, the song debuted at #60 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart but only peaked at #54.
|1.||"Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love"||Clay Mills, Tia Sillers||3:48|
|2.||"This Is Me You're Talking To"||Tommy Lee James, Karyn Rochelle||4:00|
|3.||"They Call It Falling for a Reason"||Matraca Berg, Jim Collins||4:11|
|4.||"Nothin' 'Bout Memphis"||Jessi Alexander, James||3:45|
|5.||"We Tried"||Morgane Hayes, Liz Rose, Chris Stapleton||3:19|
|6.||"Let the Wind Chase You" (featuring Keith Urban)||Sallie Barris, Rochelle||4:08|
|7.||"The Dreaming Fields"||M. Berg, Gary Harrison||4:16|
|8.||"Cowboys Are My Weakness"||Hillary Lindsey, Jim McCormick, Rochelle||3:43|
|9.||"Help Me"||Leslie Satcher, Billy Joe Walker, Jr.||3:33|
|10.||"Not a Bad Thing"||Dave Berg, Deanna Bryant, Sunny Russ||3:26|
|11.||"Nothin' About You Is Good for Me"||Rochelle||3:26|
|12.||"Drown Me"||Alexander, Pat McLaughlin||3:02|
|13.||"Sing You Back to Me"||Tony Arata, Gene Nelson||5:51|
- Technical personnel
- Chuck Ainlay – engineer, mixing
- Matt Andrews – engineer
- Chad Carlson – engineer
- Debbie Dover – hair stylist
- Kyle Ford – engineer
- Garth Fundis — production
- Bob Ludwig – mastering
- Ron Roark – graphic design, arti direction
- Mark Tucker – photography
Sales chart positions
|U.S. Billboard 200||30|
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums||10|
|2007||"Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love"||19||107|
|2008||"This Is Me You're Talking To"||25||—|
|"They Call It Falling for a Reason"||54||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
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