State of the Heart (Mary Chapin Carpenter album)

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State of the Heart
Studio album by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Released June 13, 1989
Genre Country
Length 38:21
Label Columbia Nashville
Producer Mary Chapin Carpenter
John Jennings
Mary Chapin Carpenter chronology
Hometown Girl
(1987)
State of the Heart
(1989)
Shooting Straight in the Dark
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]

State of the Heart is singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter's second album. It is much more country sounding than her preceding basically folk début Hometown Girl. State of the Heart eventually rose to the #28 position on the Billboard Country Albums chart, with four of its tracks finding places within the Hot Country Singles chart. Chronologically, they were "How Do" at #19, "Never Had It So Good" at #8, "Quittin' Time" at #7, and "Something of a Dreamer" at #14.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mary Chapin Carpenter unless noted.

  1. "How Do" - 2:09
  2. "Something of a Dreamer" - 2:56
  3. "Never Had It So Good" (Carpenter, John Jennings) - 4:04
  4. "Read My Lips" - 3:05
  5. "This Shirt" - 3:48
  6. "Quittin' Time" (Robb Royer, Roger Linn) - 3:52
  7. "Down in Mary's Land" - 2:27
  8. "Goodbye Again" - 4:47
  9. "Too Tired" - 2:28
  10. "Slow Country Dance" - 4:00
  11. "It Don't Bring You" - 4:45

Production[edit]

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Jennings - producers
  • Bob Dawson - production assistance, recording, mixing
  • Ted Jensen - mastering

The band[edit]

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter - acoustic guitars, lead & backing vocals
  • John Jennings - electric & acoustic guitars, synthesizers, backing vocals, bass ("Too Tired"), piano ("This Shirt")
  • Peter "Tex Luigi" Bonta - accordion, keyboards, acoustic guitar ("How Do")
  • Jon Carroll - organ, piano, keyboards
  • Rico Petrucelli - bass, fretless bass
  • Robbie Magruder - drums, percussion

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Mike Auldridge - dobro, pedal steel ("Slow Country Dance")
  • Tommy Hannum - pedal steel ("How Do")
  • Rickie Simpkins - fiddle, mandolin
  • Shawn Colvin - backing vocals
  • Kim Miller, David Premo, Bruce Myers, Steven Day - string quartet ("Goodbye Again")
  • William Zsembery - French horn
  • Strings Written, Arranged & Conducted By Rico Petrucelli

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 28
U.S. Billboard 200 183

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