Just as I Am (Brantley Gilbert album)

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Just as I Am
Studio album by Brantley Gilbert
Released May 19, 2014 (2014-05-19)
Genre Country, rock, country rock
Length 45:09
Label Valory Music Group
Producer Dann Huff, Scott Borchetta (exec.)
Brantley Gilbert chronology
Halfway to Heaven
(2010)
Just as I Am
(2014)
Singles from Just as I Am
  1. "Bottoms Up"
    Released: December 17, 2013
  2. "Small Town Throwdown"
    Released: May 19, 2014
  3. "One Hell of an Amen"
    Released: November 10, 2014

Just as I Am is the third studio album by American country rock artist Brantley Gilbert. It was released on May 19, 2014 via Valory Music Group.[1][2] The album includes the number one single "Bottoms Up".[3][4] Gilbert wrote or co-wrote all eleven tracks.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[7]
Country Weekly A[8]
Digital Journal 4.5/5 stars[9]
Roughstock 3.5/5 stars[10]
USA Today 2/4 stars[11]

Just as I Am met with generally positive reception from music critics. At AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated the album four stars out of five, writing that Gilbert is "an outlaw with no desire to rebel, an insider who doesn't belong, so his music exists just outside of the perimeters of what is accepted and is all the more powerful for it."[7] Brian Mansfield of USA Today rated the album two stars out of four, stating that " Coupling '80s-rock machismo with backroads buzzwords, these songs play like set-list padding."[11] At Country Weekly, Tammy Ragusa graded the album an A, calling this "a much more mature album and the exact collection he needed to secure his place in the history and future of country music."[8] Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal rated the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, remarking how on a release that shows his further refinement "as a vocalist and as a songwriter", Gilbert makes it clear on a musical project where "nothing [is] fake about him and there are no apologies on this record."[9] At The New York Times, Jon Caramanica gave a positive review of the album, saying that Gilbert "is a lunk with poet dreams, a bodybuilder cradling a newborn" because he "certainly [has] an intimate understanding of how his hard exterior allows him to flaunt softness when it's called for."[12] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, indicating how this "is a confident, well-made album with much of what has made Brantley Gilbert the big rising star that he is and will keep his massive fan base completely happy."[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 2 behind Coldplay's album Ghost Stories on the Billboard 200, and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart with 211,000 copies sold in the US.[13] The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on June 30, 2014.[14] As of November 2014, the album has sold 640,100 copies in the US.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If You Want a Bad Boy"   Brantley Gilbert, Troy Verges 3:31
2. "17 Again"   Gilbert, Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins 3:59
3. "Bottoms Up"   Gilbert, Brett James, Justin Weaver 3:41
4. "That Was Us"   Gilbert[7] 3:47
5. "I'm Gone"   Gilbert, Wendell Mobley, Tony Martin 3:34
6. "My Baby's Guns N' Roses"   Gilbert, Brian Davis, David Tolliver 3:33
7. "Lights of My Hometown"   Gilbert, Davis, Forrest Whitehead 6:10
8. "One Hell of an Amen"   Gilbert, Mike Dekle, Davis 3:42
9. "Small Town Throwdown" (featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett) Gilbert, Hayslip, Akins, Dallas Davidson 3:22
10. "Let It Ride"   Gilbert 4:37
11. "My Faith in You"   Gilbert, Jeremy Spillman 5:10
Total length:
45:09

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Rewind by Rascal Flatts
Based on a True Story... by Blake Shelton
Top Country Albums number-one album
June 7–14, 2014
August 9–16, 2014
Succeeded by
Platinum by Miranda Lambert
Crash My Party by Luke Bryan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vinson, Christina (March 18, 2014). "Brantley Gilbert Unveils Details for Third Studio Album, ‘Just as I Am’". Taste of Country. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Gayle (March 18, 2014). "Brantley Gilbert Reveals Cover Art, Track Listing + Release Date for Third Album". The Boot. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Freeman, Jon (March 18, 2014). "Brantley Gilbert Announces Third Album, "Just as I Am"". Country Weekly. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ Wyland, Sarah (March 26, 2014). "Brantley Gilbert to Release Just As I Am on May 19". Great American Country. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 17, 2014). "Brantley Gilbert "Just As I Am" Tracklist and Cover Art". Roughstock. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (March 17, 2014). "Brantley Gilbert To Release Third Studio Album in May". MusicRow. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (May 19, 2014). "Just as I Am - Brantley Gilbert | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Ragusa, Tammy (June 23, 2014). "Just as I Am by Brantley Gilbert". Country Weekly 21 (25). American Media, Inc. p. 66. ISSN 1074-3235. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Papadatos, Markos (May 24, 2014). "Review: Brantley Gilbert soars on new studio album 'Just As I Am'". Digital Journal. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (May 19, 2014). "Album Review: Brantley Gilbert - Just As I Am". Roughtstock. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (May 19, 2014). "Listen Up: Other notable releases". USA Today. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Caramanica, Jon (May 19, 2014). "New Releases From Conor Oberst and Brantley Gilbert". USA Today. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ Keith Caulfield (May 28, 2014). "Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Starts at No. 1 With Biggest Debut of 2014". Billboard. 
  14. ^ a b "American album certifications – Brantley Gilbert – Just as I Am". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  15. ^ a b Matt Bjorke (November 19, 2014). "Country Album Chart Report: November 19, 2014". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here
  16. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Brantley Gilbert. Prometheus Global Media.
  17. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Brantley Gilbert. Prometheus Global Media.
  18. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Country Albums for Brantley Gilbert. Prometheus Global Media.
  19. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Single Releases". MusicRow. Retrieved November 3, 2014.