Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love

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Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love
Studio album by Trisha Yearwood
Released November 13, 2007
Recorded Sound Emporium, Rukkus Room, Compass Studio[1]
Genre Country
Length 50:40
Label Big Machine
Producer Garth Fundis
Trisha Yearwood chronology
Greatest Hits
(2007)
Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love
(2007)
Love Songs
(2008)
Singles from Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love
  1. "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love"
    Released: July 30, 2007
  2. "This Is Me You're Talking To"
    Released: January 14, 2008
  3. "They Call It Falling for a Reason"
    Released: July 26, 2008

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 her label for 17 years MCA Nashville Records, where she recorded nine studio albums between 1991 and 2005. The album contains three singles that were spawned between 2007 and 2008.

Background[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Jim Malec of The 9513 believed that the album combined the genres of Contemporary country, Western, Americana, Blues, and traditional country music,[4] while Jurek thought all of the album's tracks were recorded in a "country vein".[2]

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 [2] 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.[1]

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.[5]

"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."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[6]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Paste (average)[7]
People 3/4 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[3]
The 9513 5/5 stars[4]

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."[3] The 9513's Jim Malec gave the release five out of five stars, calling the album in general "breathtaking". Malec noted that the difference between a "good album" and a "great" comes because the choice of material, saying that Yearwood recorded a "great album": "The difference between a good album and a great album always–always–comes down to songs and song selection. And while Yearwood has long since proven herself a superb vocalist, her albums have, on occasion, tapped into a fair bit of par-for-the-coursematerial. That is not a problem here."[4]

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."[2] 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.[9]

Release and singles[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] The single would peak at #25 on the Billboard country chart.[13] 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[14] but only peaked at #54.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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

Personnel[edit]

Technical personnel
  • Chuck Ainlayengineer, mixing
  • Matt Andrews – engineer
  • Chad Carlson – engineer
  • Debbie Dover – hair stylist
  • Kyle Ford – engineer
  • Garth Fundisproduction
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Ron Roark – graphic design, arti direction
  • Mark Tucker – photography

Sales chart positions[edit]

Album
Chart (2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 30
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[15] 10
Singles
Year Song Chart positions[13]
US Country US
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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love Liner Notes. Big Machine Records. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jurek, Thom. "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love - Trisha Yearwood". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Keefe, Jonathan (11 November 2007). "Trisha Yearwood: Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Malec, Jim (29 November 2007). "Album Review: Trisha Yearwood - Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love". The 9513. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Shelburne, Craig (19 November 2007). "Trisha Yearwood Talks About Heartache". Country Music Television. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Sexton, Scott. "Trisha Yearwood - Heaven, Heartache, And The Power Of Love". About.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Mead, David (11 December 2007). "Trisha Yearwood: Heaven, Heartache & The Power of Love :: Music :: Reviews". Paste. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Vest, Randy (19 November 2007). "Picks and Pans Review: Trisha Yearwood (Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love)". People. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "The 51st Annual Grammy Award Nominees". Grammy.com. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  10. ^ Morris, Edward (28 July 2007). "Taylor Swift Rides Debut Album to the Top". Country Music Television. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (21 November 2007). "Keys Storms Chart With Mega-Selling 'As I Am". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  12. ^ Morris, Edward (12 January 2008). "Taylor Swift Dominates Country Charts". Country Music Television. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love > charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  14. ^ Morris, Edward (26 July 2008). "Taylor Swift Bumps Herself Out of No. 1 Slot". Country Music Television. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Heaven, Heartache the Power of Love > album positions". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 

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