High Noon (Jerrod Niemann album)

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High Noon
Studio album by Jerrod Niemann
Released March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)
Genre Country
Label Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville
Producer Jerrod Niemann
Jimmie Lee Sloas
Jerrod Niemann chronology
Free the Music
(2012)
High Noon
(2014)
Singles from High Noon
  1. "Drink to That All Night"
    Released: October 21, 2013
  2. "Donkey"
    Released: May 19, 2014
  3. "Buzz Back Girl"
    Released: July 14, 2014

High Noon is the fifth and third major-label studio album by American country music artist Jerrod Niemann. It was released on March 25, 2014 via Sea Gayle Music and Arista Nashville.[1][2] The album includes Jerrod's second number one hit "Drink to That All Night,"[3][4] as well as a collaboration with Colt Ford.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[7]
Country Weekly A[8]
The Oakland Press 2.5/4 stars[9]
Roughstock 4.5/5 stars[10]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[11]

High Noon received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Country Weekly, Jon Freeman graded the album an A, saying that on the release Niemann "doubles down on the electric approaches he has long favored and comes up with a bag full of surprises." In addition, Freeman writes that "It'll no doubt sound great at every cookout this summer, without sounding like anything else."[8] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated the album two out of five stars, saying that "Despite the cowboy stance of its title, there isn't much swagger on High Noon: it's all slick, smooth and rather slow; so mellow that even the odes to "Day Drinkin'" and "Beach Baby" barely quicken the pulse."[7] Furthermore, Erlewine states that "Coming after the untrammeled Free the Music, this conservatism is certainly a disappointment but the crushing thing is, High Noon isn't merely cautious, it's boring."[7] At USA Today, Brian Mansfield rated the album two-and-a-half stars out of four, writing that the "Single Drink to That All Night may be country's response to EDM, but Niemann's songs hold up even with stripped-down arrangements [...] Except, maybe, for the one that rhymes 'donkey' with 'honky-tonky.'"[11] Gary Graff of The Oakland Press rated the album two-and-a-half stars out of four, stating that the release is "aptly titled" on which he's "definitely on target with what’s working in country these days, making Niemann at least a distinctive voice in a pack that’s rapidly towing the same line."[9] At Roughstock, Matt Bjorke rated the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, and according to him the album "should solidify Niemann as a radio star" because the release comes with "plenty of hits" that are "the kind of songs that should be accepted by radio programmers and fans alike, especially since even when he’s featuring interesting melodies, the songs never feel like they are dressed up pop or rock songs."[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Space"   Jerrod Niemann, Brian Davis, Joe Leathers 3:45
2. "Buzz Back Girl"   Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Phillip Lammonds 3:11
3. "Drink to That All Night"   Derek George, Lance Miller, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 3:45
4. "I Can't Give In Anymore"   Richie Brown, Brad Passons 3:43
5. "We Know How to Rock"   Niemann, Brice, Miller, Billy Montana 3:26
6. "Come On, Come On"   Brown, Passons, Stephen Gause 3:20
7. "Lucky #7"   Niemann, Miller 3:40
8. "Donkey"   David Tolliver, Jacobs, Fred Wilhelm 3:18
9. "Day Drinkin'"   Niemann, Miller 3:09
10. "The Real Thing"   Niemann, Miller, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 3:56
11. "Beach Baby"   Niemann, Miller, Rob Hatch 3:12
12. "Refill"   Niemann, Miller, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 2:57
13. "She's Fine" (featuring Colt Ford) Niemann, Miller, Ford 3:24

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard 200, and No. 3 on the Top Country Albums charts, with sales of 14,000 on its first week.[12][13] The album has sold 60,000 copies in the US as of August 2014.[14]

Album[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[15] 18
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[16] 3

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country
[17]
US Country Airplay
[18]
US
[19]
CAN Country
[20]
CAN
[21]
2013 "Drink to That All Night" 4 1 34 1 33
2014 "Donkey" 38 43
"Buzz Back Girl"A 35
  • ACurrent single.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (January 24, 2014). "Jerrod Niemann Announces New Album, 'High Noon'". Billboard. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ragusa, Tammy (January 23, 2014). "Set Your Watch for Jerrod Niemann’s "High Noon"". Country Weekly. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Wyland, Sarah (January 25, 2014). "Jerrod Niemann to Release High Noon March 25". Great American Country. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ Conaway, Alanna (January 27, 2014). "Jerrod Niemann To Release "High Noon" On March 25". Roughstock. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Dukes, Billy (February 3, 2014). "Jerrod Niemann Reveals ‘High Noon’ Track Listing – Exclusive". Taste of Country. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (February 3, 2014). "Exclusive: Jerrod Niemann Reveals Track Listing for ‘High Noon’". The Boot. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (March 24, 2014). "High Noon - Jerrod Niemann : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Freeman, Jon (March 24, 2014). "High Noon by Jerrod Niemann". Country Weekly (American Media, Inc.) 21 (12): 67. ISSN 1074-3235. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Graff, Gary (March 24, 2014). "The Listening Room: Jerrod Niemann, Elton John and more". The Oakland Press. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (March 24, 2014). "Album Review: Jerrod Niemann - High Noon". Roughstock. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (March 24, 2014). "Listen Up: Other notable releases". USA Today. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ Matt Bjorke (April 2, 2014). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of April 2, 2014: Johnny Cash Is Out Among The Stars While It's High Noon time for Jerrod Niemann". Roughstock. 
  13. ^ Wade Jessen (April 3, 2014). "Johnny Cash Debuts at No. 1 On Top Country Albums". Billboard. 
  14. ^ Matt Bjorke (August 13, 2014). "Country Album Sales Report – August 13, 2014". Roughstock. 
  15. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Jerrod Niemann.
  16. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Country Albums for Jerrod Niemann.
  17. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  22. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country". Radio & Records. Retrieved June 28, 2014.