The Woman I Am (Kellie Pickler album)

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The Woman I Am
Studio album by Kellie Pickler
Released November 11, 2013 (2013-11-11)
Genre Country
Length 41:20
Label Black River Entertainment
Producer Frank Liddell, Luke Wooten
Kellie Pickler chronology
100 Proof
(2012)
The Woman I Am
(2013)
Alternative cover
Vinyl Cover
Singles from The Woman I Am
  1. "Someone Somewhere Tonight"
    Released: May 14, 2013
  2. "Little Bit Gypsy"
    Released: August 20, 2013
  3. "Closer to Nowhere"
    Released: March 3, 2014

The Woman I Am is the fourth studio album by American country music artist Kellie Pickler. It was released on November 11, 2013 via Black River Entertainment.[1] The album includes the singles "Someone Somewhere Tonight," "Little Bit Gypsy," and "Closer to Nowhere."

Content[edit]

The Woman I Am was produced by Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten, the same team who produced Pickler's third album, 100 Proof. Pickler co-wrote three of the album's twelve tracks, all of which she co-wrote with the help of husband and songwriter Kyle Jacobs.[2]

"Someone Somewhere Tonight," a song previously recorded by both Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis, was released as the album's lead single on May 14, 2013.[3] After eight weeks, it reached a peak of number 49 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in July 2013. "Little Bit Gypsy" was released on August 20, 2013 as the second single.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Country Weekly A[6]
Engine 145 3.5/5 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
Got Country Online 5/5 stars[8]
Music Is My Oxygen 4/5 stars[9]
Newsday B+[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
Roughstock 4.5/5 stars[12]
USA Today 3/4 stars[13]

The Woman I Am garnered critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, they assign a "weighted average" score to ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, which based upon four reviews the album has a Metascore of an 82, and this signifies "universal acclaim".[4] At USA Today, Brian Mansfield felt that Pickler's "albums are as much fun as hearing her talk."[13] Stephen Thomas Erlewine at Allmusic claimed that this album was not one "that makes a career, but rather one that helps a career be built."[5] At Rolling Stone, Rob Tannenbaum alluded to how Pickler "continues to [write] vibrant drama from her crazy family".[11] Glenn Gamboa for Newday highlighted that "With 'The Woman I Am,' Pickler shows how the next phase of her career may be bigger than she ever dreamed."[10] At Entertainment Weekly, they said Pickler "ditches modish pop-country for old school songs about cheating and her pistol-packin' great grandma", and felt that "she shines brightest on the autobiographical title track."[4] At Music Is My Oxygen, Rob Burkhardt noted that her underrated status was "poised to change" because the album will put "her in a position to come into her own."[9] Furthermore, Burkhardt told that the release comes "with the perfect combination of old and new, spunk and honesty."[9]

At Country Weekly, Tammy Ragusa evoked that "Kellie has made a natural evolution while managing to stay true to those things that are important to her" on the release.[6] Also, Ragusa claimed that "with her commitment to the integrity of her music and sound, she’s definitely a female force to be reckoned with."[6] Blake Boldt of Engine 145 noted how with this release Pickler "affirms her status as an authentic personality and, more importantly, an intelligent picker of songs."[7] In addition, Boldt wrote that for the duration of the album Kellie "proves how a current hitmaker can emphasize the genre’s traditions while still engaging with contemporary sounds and themes", which this allow her "to resurrect the past and move it into the future."[7] At Roughstock, Matt Bjorke proclaimed that "Kellie's 12 tracks on The Woman I Am are some of the best music she's made."[12] Donna Block at Got Country Online proclaimed that "There are even more Kellie-country gems on the album", which is why "Country music fans will agree, we are all thankful Kellie has found her sound, herself, and shares it with all of us."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Little Bit Gypsy"   Kyle Jacobs, Tammi Kidd Hutton, Fred Wilhelm 3:06
2. "Ring for Sale"   Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton 3:24
3. "Buzzin'"   Steve Moakler, TJ Osborne, John Osborne 3:28
4. "The Woman I Am"   Jacobs, Kellie Pickler 3:02
5. "Closer to Nowhere"   Carson Chamberlain, Wade Kirby, Phil O’Donnell 3:24
6. "Selma Drye"   Phillip Lammonds, Billy Montana, Pickler 3:49
7. "I Forgive You"   Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, busbee 3:32
8. "Bonnie and Clyde"   Jacobs, Pickler, Liz Rose 3:10
9. "Where Did Your Love Go"   Kalisa Ewing, Rivers Rutherford 3:51
10. "No Cure for Crazy"   Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Montana, John Ozier 2:56
11. "Tough All Over"   Gary Nicholson, Leslie Satcher 3:29
12. "Someone Somewhere Tonight"   Davis Raines, Walt Wilkins 4:08

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 19 in the Billboard 200, and No. 4 in the Top Country Albums chart, with sales of 16,000.[14]

Album[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[15] 19
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[16] 4
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[17] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country
[18]
US Country Airplay
[19]
2013 "Someone Somewhere Tonight" 49
"Little Bit Gypsy" 49 50
2014 "Closer to Nowhere" 59
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gold, Adam. "Kellie Pickler Branches Out on New Album 'The Woman I Am'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ Christina Vinson (October 18, 2013). "Kellie Pickler Hopes to ‘Bring Out the Best’ on ‘The Woman I Am’ Album". Taste of Country. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Someone Somewhere Tonight - Single by Kellie Pickler". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d Metacritic (November 14, 2013). "Critic Reviews for The Woman I Am". CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (November 11, 2013). "The Woman I Am - Kellie Pickler". Allmusic. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Ragusa, Tammy (November 12, 2013). "The Woman I Am by Kellie Pickler". Country Weekly. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Boldt, Blake (November 12, 2013). "Album Review: Kellie Pickler — The Woman I Am". Engine 145. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Block, Donna (October 30, 2013). "ALBUM REVIEW: Kellie Pickler "The Woman I Am"". Got Country Online. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Burkhardt, Rob (November 12, 2013). "Kellie Pickler "The Woman I Am" –Album Review". Music Is My Oxygen. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Gamboa, Glenn (November 8, 2013). "Kellie Pickler's 'The Woman I Am' review: Prettier". Newsday. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Tannenbaum, Rob (November 12, 2013). "Kelly Pickler 'The Woman I Am' Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (November 9, 2013). "Album Review: Kellie Pickler - The Woman I Am". Roughstock. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (November 12, 2013). "Listen Up: Blue Rodeo, Kellie Pickler, Katey Sagal". USA Today. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 20, 2013). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of November 20, 2013: Christmas Albums From Duck Dynasty, Kelly, Blake, Lady A & Scotty Lead way; Kellie Pickler Debuts". Roughstock. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kellie Pickler Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Kellie Pickler. Prometheus Global Media.
  16. ^ "Kellie Pickler Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Country Albums for Kellie Pickler. Prometheus Global Media.
  17. ^ "Kellie Pickler Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for Kellie Pickler. Prometheus Global Media.
  18. ^ "Kellie Pickler Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Kellie Pickler Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 21, 2013.