I'm American

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I'm American
Studio album by Billy Ray Cyrus
Released June 28, 2011 (2011-06-28)
Genre Country
Length 32:26
Label Buena Vista[1]
Producer Buddy Cannon[2]
Billy Ray Cyrus chronology
Icon
(2011)
I'm American
(2011)
Change My Mind
(2012)
Singles from I'm American
  1. "Runway Lights"
    Released: July 11, 2011
  2. "Nineteen"
    Released: September 26, 2011

I'm American is the twelfth studio album released by country music singer-songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus.

The album, released on June 28, 2011, is composed of patriotic songs, including a re-recording of Cyrus' song "Some Gave All", which originally appeared on his debut album of the same name. The re-recording features vocals from country music singers Darryl Worley, Craig Morgan, and Jamey Johnson. It was intended on being released as the album's first single, however, in 2011, the single was changed to "Runway Lights".[3] The second single, "Nineteen", was released on September 26, 2011.

Background[edit]

I'm American was initially scheduled to be released in November 2010. After being pushed back numerous times, it was released on June 28, 2011. In early 2011, a re-recording of "Some Gave All" was planned to be the first single released from the album. The song, which features vocals from country music singers Darryl Worley, Craig Morgan, and Jamey Johnson, was pulled from radio and replaced with "Runway Lights". The latter song is being released as the lead-off single from the album. "Runway Lights" is also the theme song to Cyrus' new show, Surprise Homecoming, which debuted on TLC, May 30, 2011.

On May 12, 2011, Cyrus announced via The Boot, that he was planning on retiring from recording after releasing I'm American, but he stated that he would continue to perform live because he "loves playing in a band." However he wrote numerous songs surrounding issues with the separation and reconciliation with his wife, and wants to record those for one final album.[4]

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

I'm American debuted at number 153 on the US Billboard 200 and number 24 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums,[5] with first week sales of 3,797 copies.[6] The album's first single, Runway Lights", failed to enter the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. However, the second single, "Nineteen", debuted on the country chart at number 58 for the week ending October 8, 2011.[7] It is Cyrus' first charted single since "A Good Day" peaked at number 59 on the country chart in September 2009.[8]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[9]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[10]
Entertainment Weekly B−[11]
Taste of Country 3.5/5 stars[12]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic, gave the album a three-out-of-five star rating. Erlewine said that Cyrus "sounds like a ruminative, mumbling Bruce Springsteen, so Billy Ray muscularly strums his guitar while rhapsodizing about the downtrodden working class." He also went on to say that I'm American is more relaxed than Cyrus' album Home at Last, by saying it is sincere in Cyrus' singing and what he's singing about. He finished his review by saying I'm American is "more engaging than his last few attempts to make country-pop that appeals to everybody".[10]

Billy Dukes from Taste of Country reviewed the album positively, giving it three-and-half stars out of five. Dukes praised Cyrus' patriotism, and packing every song on the album with plenty of emotion. He goes on to describe "Nineteen" and "We Fought Hard" as songs of soldiers who didn't make it home from war, and noted they are predictable, powerful ballads that may leave some needing a tissue. Dukes also commented on the re-recording of "Some Gave All", saying that it was not any better or worse than the original. He closed by saying Cyrus gives a great effort, as he does with everything he touches.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Runway Lights"   Jameson Clark, Mark Irwin, Josh Kear 3:44
2. "We Fought Hard"   Ross Copperman, Heather Morgan 4:35
3. "Keep the Light On"   Bill Brandt, Walter Brandt, Keith Volpone 4:04
4. "Stripes and Stars" (featuring Amy Grant) Andy Dodd, Canaan Smith 4:00
5. "I'm American"   Billy Ray Cyrus, Dave Henning, Dahniel Knight, Samantha Maloney, James Miller 4:31
6. "Old Army Hat"   Walt Aldridge, Bill Anderson 4:04
7. "Nineteen"   Tom Hambridge, Jeffrey Steele, Gary Nicholson 3:18
8. "Some Gave All" (featuring Darryl Worley, Craig Morgan, and Jamey Johnson) B. R. Cyrus, Cindy Cyrus 4:18

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[5] 153
US Billboard Top Country Albums[5] 24

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country
2011 "Runway Lights"
"Nineteen" 58
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CMT : News : Billy Ray Cyrus Plans Patriotic Album". Country Music Television. May 10, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Chris Talbott (June 27, 2011). "Billy Ray Cyrus returns with new patriotic album". Yahoo! News. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Billy Ray Cyrus Prays His Children 'Live with Purpose'". The Boot. April 21, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Billy Ray Cyrus Retiring from Recording?". The Boot. May 12, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "I'm American - Billy Ray Cyrus". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "It's Country Boy's World on SoundScan Charts This Week". Roughstock. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera's 'Jagger' Tops Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "A Good Day - Billy Ray Cyrus". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ Robert Silva. "Billy Ray Cyrus - I'm American". About.com. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "I'm American - Billy Ray Cyrus". Allmusic. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ Mikael Wood (July 1, 2011). "Albums: July 1, 2011 (Billy Ray Cyrus, I'm American)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Billy Dukes (June 27, 2011). "Billy Ray Cyrus, I'm American - Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved July 1, 2011.