Just Feels Good

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Just Feels Good
Studio album by Thompson Square
Released March 26, 2013 (2013-03-26)
Genre Country
Label Stoney Creek
Producer New Voice Entertainment
Thompson Square chronology
Thompson Square
(2011)
Just Feels Good
(2013)
Singles from Just Feels Good
  1. "If I Didn't Have You"
    Released: October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29)
  2. "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About"
    Released: June 10, 2013 (2013-06-10)
  3. "Testing the Water"
    Released: April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21)
  4. "I Can't Outrun You"
    Released: June 23, 2014 (2014-06-23)

Just Feels Good is the second album by American country music duo Thompson Square. It was released on March 26, 2013 via Stoney Creek Records.[1] As with their first album, it was produced by New Voice Entertainment.[2]

Background[edit]

On October 29, 2012, "If I Didn't Have You," was released as the lead-off single from Just Feels Good. For the chart dated May 11, 2013, it ascended to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart, becoming their second Number One hit. "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About" was released as the album's second single on June 10, 2013. It became the duo's fourth Top Ten hit when it reached a peak of No. 4 on the Country Airplay chart in early 2014.

"Testing the Water" was released as the third single from the album in April 2014, although was pulled shortly after spending only a few weeks on the charts. "I Can't Outrun You," a song previously recorded by Trace Adkins on his 2008 album X, will be issued as the album's fourth single.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Country Weekly B+[3]
Got Country Online 5/5 stars[4]
The Plain Dealer C[5]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[6]
Taste of Country 3/5 stars[7]
USA Today 3/4 stars[8]

Brian Mansfield of USA Today evoked how the "songs play like a rom-com with dual narrators. They've got all the elements — meet-cutes, separation, obstacles and a happy ending — plus a soundtrack that mixes '70s-rock guitar with mandolin and pedal steel."[8] Conversely, Chuck Yarborough of The Plain Dealer called it an "autobiographical album" that "is just too dang slick, and that love becomes cloying instead of sweet."[5] Tammy Ragusa of Country Weekly found that the album finds the duo "laughing in the face of fear" and in doing that have crafted a "palpable" work, which she suggest that the next album be called "Just Feels Better."[3] Taste of Country's Billy Dukes affirmed that the album "would benefit from a wider range of experiences and production approaches. It’s an album jammed full of happy love songs that, even with creative interpretation, begins to lose an edge."[7] This is because that "As a collection of songs, however, Thompson Square simply rely too much on one dimension", and suggest that having a "single song about death, dogs, tractors … anything, really, would be a great way to break up the sweet monotony."[7] However, Got Country Online's Donna Block vowed that the album "is a testament to the strength of their relationship."[4] Roughstock's Matt Bjorke suggested that the duo are "ready to up the ante" because " Everything about Just Feels Good is better" that their debut effort, and he proclaimed that "more strong albums like Just Feels Good it's hard to see their run of hits ending anytime soon."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 13 on the US Billboard 200 and number 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, with first week sales of 36,000 copies.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About"   Kiefer Thompson, Shawna Thompson, David Lee Murphy, Brett James 2:58
2. "Here We Go Again"   K. Thompson, S. Thompson, Vicky McGehee, David Fanning 3:29
3. "You Don't Get Lucky"   Murphy, Bob DiPiero, Tom Shapiro 3:50
4. "That's So Me and You"   K. Thompson, McGehee, Kyle Jacobs 3:43
5. "I Can't Outrun You"   Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Ben Glover 3:02
6. "Testing the Water"   Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Hillary Lindsey 3:12
7. "For the Life of Me"   K. Thompson, S. Thompson, Murphy, James 3:06
8. "If I Didn't Have You"   K. Thompson, S. Thompson, Jason Sellers, Paul Jenkins 3:22
9. "Here's to Being Here"   K. Thompson, S. Thompson, Murphy, James 3:55
10. "Just Feels Good"   Bobby Pinson, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 3:16
11. "Maybe It's You"   Jacobs, McGehee, Kylie Sackley 3:28
12. "Run"   Ross Copperman, Michael Davey 3:29
13. "Home Is You"   Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins 4:06
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No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Smile On My Mouth"   K. Thompson, S. Thompson, Sellers, Jenkins 3:44
15. "That's Why We Roll"   K. Thompson, S. Thompson, McGehee, Jacobs 3:24
16. "What Am I Gonna Do (Daddy's Song)"   K. Thompson, S. Thompson, McGehee, Jacobs 4:06

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 13
US Billboard Top Country Albums 4
US Billboard Independent Albums 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
[10]
CAN
2012 "If I Didn't Have You" 7 1 49 14 70
2013 "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About" 15 4 69 11 72
2014 "Testing the Water" 55
"I Can't Outrun You"A 52
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thompson Square "Just Feels Good" Tracklist and Cover Art". Roughstock. January 21, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Mansfield, Brian (January 22, 2013). "Thompson Square's 'Just Feels Good' album due March 26". USA Today. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Ragusa, Tammy (March 26, 2013). "Just Feels Good by Thompson Square". Country Weekly. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Block, Donna (March 25, 2013). "ALBUM REVIEW: Thompson Square - "Just Feels Good"". Got Country Online. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Yarborough, Chuck (March 24, 2013). "Thompson Square's 'Just Feels Good' delivers too much gloss, not enough grit (review)". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (March 26, 2013). "Album Review: Thompson Square - Just Feels Good". Roughstock. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Dukes, Billy (March 26, 2013). "Thompson Square, ‘Just Feels Good’ – Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (March 25, 2013). "Listen Up: Depeche Mode, One Republic, Thompson Square". USA Today. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.roughstock.com/blog/country-album-chart-news-for-april-3-2013-blake-shelton-s-story-debuts-at-1-alan-jackson-memories-2
  10. ^ "Thompson Square Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013.