Life at Best

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Life at Best
Studio album by Eli Young Band
Released August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)
Genre Country
Length 50:19
Label Republic Nashville
Producer Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke
Eli Young Band chronology
Jet Black & Jealous
(2008)
Life at Best
(2011)
10,000 Towns
(2014)
Singles from Life at Best
  1. "Crazy Girl"
    Released: March 7, 2011
  2. "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"
    Released: January 23, 2012
  3. "Say Goodnight"
    Released: August 27, 2012[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Country Weekly 4/5 stars[3]

Life at Best is an album by Eli Young Band, an American country music band. It was released on August 16, 2011 via Republic Nashville. The album includes the single "Crazy Girl", which has reached number 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts. The album's second single, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart", was released in January 2012, and has also reached number 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The third single was "Say Goodnight", which peaked at number 22 on the Country Airplay Chart. According to HITS Daily Souble, the album sold 348,000 copies as of february 2014.

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Giving it four stars out of five, Steve Morley of Country Weekly said that the album "rings with roots-rock guitars and meaty, often melancholy themes".[3] A less favorable review came from Andrew Leahey of Allmusic, who thought that it was a "step backwards" because he did not consider its songs as memorable as those on Jet Black & Jealous.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"   Will Hoge, Eric Paslay 3:40
2. "Crazy Girl"   Lee Brice, Liz Rose 3:20
3. "Every Other Memory"   Chris DeStefano, Catt Gravitt, Josh Kear 4:44
4. "On My Way"   Scooter Carusoe, Jon Jones, James Young 3:26
5. "Skeletons"   Mike Eli, Sean McConnell, Young 3:21
6. "I Love You"   Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Jones, Chris Thompson 3:20
7. "The Fight"   Natalie Hemby, Tim Putnam 4:25
8. "My Old Man's Son"   Eli, Blu Sanders 3:42
9. "Recover"   Eli, Young, Jacobs 2:58
10. "The Falling"   Eli, Ryan James 3:38
11. "War on a Desperate Man"   Eli, Sanders 4:06
12. "Say Goodnight"   Katrina Elam, Melissa Pierce, John Paul White 3:08
13. "How Quickly You Forget"   Eli, Hemby, Daniel Tashian 3:40
14. "Life at Best"   Eli, Young 2:51
Total length:
50:19

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2011-2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 75
US Billboard 200 6
US Billboard Top Country Albums 3

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[5]
US Country Airplay
[6]
US
[7]
CAN
[8]
2011 "Crazy Girl" 1 30 66
2012 "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" 1 29 56
"Say Goodnight" 31 22 110
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wyland, Sarah (August 4, 2012). "Eli Young Band’s Crowds Get Loud". Great American Country. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Leahey, Andrew. "Life at Best review". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Morley, Steve (August 10, 2011). "Life at Best review". Country Weekly. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Eli Young Band – Life at Best". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  5. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Canadian digital certifications – Eli Young Band – Crazy Girl". Music Canada. 
  10. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Crazy Girl". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Even If It Breaks Your Heart". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH