The Band Perry (album)

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The Band Perry
Studio album by The Band Perry
Released October 12, 2010 (2010-10-12)
Genre Country pop, country, bluegrass
Length 39:45
Label Republic Nashville
Producer Nathan Chapman
Paul Worley[1]
The Band Perry chronology
The Band Perry EP
(2010)
The Band Perry
(2010)
Pioneer
(2013)
Singles from The Band Perry
  1. "Hip to My Heart"
    Released: November 16, 2009
  2. "If I Die Young"
    Released: June 7, 2010
  3. "You Lie"
    Released: January 18, 2011
  4. "All Your Life"
    Released: August 8, 2011
  5. "Postcard from Paris"
    Released: March 5, 2012

The Band Perry is the self-titled debut album of the American country music group The Band Perry. It was released October 12, 2010 (see 2010 in country music) via Universal Republic Nashville Records. The album includes five songs from the band's digital EP The Band Perry EP, which was released in April 2010. The album has produced five singles: "Hip to My Heart", "If I Die Young", "You Lie", "All Your Life", and "Postcard from Paris". Of these, "If I Die Young" and "All Your Life" were number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

The album debuted at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart upon its release. It sold 53,000 copies in its first week.[2] As of May 2013, the album has sold 1,505,000 copies in the US.[3]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Country Weekly 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[7]
Roughstock 4.5/5 stars[8]

Thom Jurek of Allmusic gave the album a three-star rating out of five, saying that the album was "carefully crafted" and thought that the singles were among the strongest tracks on it.[4] Country Weekly reviewer Jessica Phillips said that the album was "more introspective and engrossing than typical radio fare", and praised Kimberly's "unpolished" voice, but thought that some songs had "aimless" lyrics. She also gave it three stars out of five.[5] Also giving it a positive review, Michael McCall of the Associated Press compared the band favorably to Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, and said that the album's "emphasis is on easygoing, back-porch music."[9] BBC Music's Sid Smith cautioned that "whilst there’s no faulting the tightly-drilled performances turned in by the trio and an array of skilled sessioneers, the delivery has a by-the-numbers feel that’s workman-like rather than inspired", yet he reasoned that "perhaps the fault lies with a set of committee-written tunes that are well-worn and overly-familiar."[10] Lastly, Smith said that with respect to this album its "blandness becomes difficult to ignore".[10]

At Entertainment Weekly, Leah Greenblatt found that the listener needs to "think of them as a more modest, homegrown Lady Antebellum" that comes "with twangier roots and dustier boots."[6] However, Maddy Costa at The Guardian evoked how "their country-rock sound has been lacquered to a high gloss, burying Neil Perry's mandolin and Stuart Duncan's fiddle beneath slick guitar, domineering pop rhythms and sickly strings. Frontwoman Kimberley Perry has a belter of a voice, but it's too clean to communicate real emotion."[7] Costa found only one good track, which was "Double Heart" that she suggested what the "band could be", and the song has "one part sleazy rock'n'roll, two parts country sass and snarl, it has more personality than the rest of the album put together."[7] Roughstock's Bobby Peacock did not agree with Costa, when he wrote that this is a "surprisingly diverse debut album", and this is done with Kimberly voice that is "matched perfectly to an uncluttered, mostly acoustic production that's clean without being slick."[8] Furthermore, Peacock argued that Kimberly as being the featured songwriter "has a solid command of the language, she sometimes falls into a Clint Black-esque trap of getting so wrapped up in the turns of phrase that the storyline gets a little ensnarled; however, even when these pitfalls occur, the songwriting is still quite impressive."[8] Lastly, Peacock told that "the songs are vaguely reminiscent of Taylor Swift's exuberance, lyrical detail and boy-craziness, not to mention her way with a catchy melody."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Lie"   Aaron Henningsen, Brian Henningsen, Clara Henningsen 3:36
2. "Hip to My Heart"   Brett Beavers, Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry, Reid Perry 3:00
3. "If I Die Young"   K. Perry 3:44
4. "All Your Life"   B. Henningsen, C. Henningsen 3:52
5. "Miss You Being Gone"   A. Henningsen, B. Henningsen, C. Henningsen, K. Perry, N. Perry, R. Perry 2:56
6. "Double Heart"   Beavers, K. Perry, N. Perry, R. Perry 3:38
7. "Postcard from Paris"   Jeff Cohen, Kara DioGuardi, K. Perry. N. Perry, R. Perry 3:36
8. "Walk Me Down the Middle"   K. Perry, N. Perry, R. Perry 4:01
9. "Independence"   A. Henningsen, B. Henningsen, C. Henningsen, K. Perry, N. Perry, R. Perry 3:37
10. "Quittin' You"   K. Perry, N. Perry, R. Perry 3:20
11. "Lasso"   A. Henningsen, B. Henningsen, C. Henningsen, K. Perry, N. Perry, R. Perry 4:25
Total length:
39:45

Charts and certifications[edit]

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[15] 46
Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[16] 30

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[17]
US
[18]
US AC
[19]
US
Adult
US
Pop

[19]
CAN
[20]
2009 "Hip to My Heart"[A] 20 101
2010 "If I Die Young" 1 14 1 4 12 48
2011 "You Lie" 2 42
"All Your Life" 1 37 62
2012 "Postcard from Paris" 6 60
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David M. Ross (August 17, 2009). "Republic Nashville Signs The Band Perry". Music Row. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Lil Wayne's Human Being leaps 16-1 on Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Mansfield, Brian (2013-05-22). "New 'Idol' downloads lag behind previous winners". Idol Chatter (USA Today). Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "The Band Perry review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Phillips, Jessica (October 18, 2010). "Album reviews". Country Weekly 17 (42): 52. 
  6. ^ a b Greenblatt, Leah (October 6, 2010). "The Band Perry Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Costa, Maddy (March 15, 2012). "The Band Perry: The Band Perry – review". The Guardian. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d Peacock, Bobby (October 11, 2010). "The Band Perry – The Band Perry". Roughstock. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ McCall, Michael (October 10, 2010). "The Band Perry, a trio of siblings, make a promising start on their self-titled debut album". Associated Press. Retrieved October 11, 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ a b Smith, Sid (May 28, 2012). "Review of The Band Perry – The Band Perry". BBC Music. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/albums-chart/
  12. ^ a b "The Band Perry – The Band Perry". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Band Perry – The Band Perry". Music Canada. 
  14. ^ "American album certifications – The Band Perry – The Band Perry". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  15. ^ "Best of 2010 – Top Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Billboard 200 Year-End 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  17. ^ "The Band Perry Album & Song Chart History: Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  18. ^ "The Band Perry Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  19. ^ a b "Chart Highlights for May 30, 2011". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  20. ^ "The Band Perry Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Canadian certifications – The Band Perry – If I Die Young". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ "American single certifications – The Band Perry – If I Die Young". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  23. ^ "American single certifications – The Band Perry – You Lie". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  24. ^ "American single certifications – The Band Perry – All Your Life". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  25. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 59. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.