Twentieth Century (Alabama album)

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Twentieth Century
Studio album by Alabama
Released June 15, 1999
Genre Country
Length 45:36
Label RCA Nashville
Producer Alabama
Don Cook
Alabama chronology
For the Record
(1998)
20th Century
(1999)
When It All Goes South
(2001)

20th Century is the eighteenth studio album of country music band Alabama, released in 1999 on RCA Nashville. It produced the singles "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You", a collaboration with 'N Sync, "Small Stuff", "We Made Love" and "Twentieth Century", which respectively reached numbers 3, 24, 63, and 51 on the Hot Country Songs charts. In addition, "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You" was the band's last top ten hit on the country charts.[1]

"(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You" was originally recorded by 'N Sync in 1998 on their first album *NSYNC.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic rated the album 2 out of 5 stars, saying that "There's not a note out of place or a missed harmony. It's easy to marvel at the sheer technical achievement of the record, since not only is it so well made, but the songs rarely make an impression…That's the problem with Twentieth Century: although it's pleasant, it never creates its own identity, even compared to latter-day Alabama records." He praised "Twentieth Century", "Mist of Desire", "Life's Too Short to Love This Fast", and "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" as the best tracks, but said that "taken in the context of the record, they're nearly indistinguishable from the rest".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Twentieth Century" (Chris A.T. Cummings, Don Schlitz) - 4:11
  2. "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You" (Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken) - 4:38
  3. "I'm In That Kind of Mood" (Greg Fowler, Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen, Ronnie Rogers) - 3:38
  4. "We Made Love" (Tom Douglas, Billy Kirsch) - 3:36
  5. "Life's Too Short To Love This Fast" (Gary Baker, Frank J. Myers, Owen) - 3:18
  6. "Then We Remember" (Don Cook, John Barlow Jarvis) - 4:12
  7. "Little Things" (Buddy Cannon, Fowler, Gentry, John Jarrard, Owen) - 3:22
  8. "Mist of Desire" (Jeff Cook) - 3:06
  9. "Small Stuff" (Mark Collie, Hillary Kanter, Even Stevens) - 3:59
  10. "Too Much Love" (Fowler, Owen) - 3:55
  11. "Write It Down In Blue" (Fowler, Gentry, Owen, Rogers) - 4:15
  12. "I Love You Enough To Let You Go" (Baker, Myers, Owen) - 3:26

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from liner notes.[3]

Alabama[edit]

  • Jeff Cook — vocals, electric guitar
  • Teddy Gentry — vocals, bass guitar
  • Randy Owen — vocals, acoustic guitar

Alabama drummer Mark Herndon does not perform on the album.

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Mark Casstevens — acoustic guitar
  • Don Cook — background vocals
  • Larry Hanson — trumpet
  • John Barlow Jarvis — piano, keyboards, Hammond B-3 organ
  • Liana Manis — background vocals
  • Jim Nelson — saxophone
  • Dean C. Pastin — saxophone
  • Michael Rhodes — bass guitar
  • Brent Rowan — electric guitar, 12-string electric guitar, gut string guitar, electric sitar
  • Brian D. Siewert — synthesizer strings
  • Lonnie Wilson — drums, percussion
  • Glenn Worf — bass guitar

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 5
U.S. Billboard 200 51
Canadian RPM Country Albums 5

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
1999 "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" (with 'N Sync) 3 29 1
"Small Stuff" 24 110 31
2000 "We Made Love" 63

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country CAN Country
2000 "Twentieth Century" 51 68

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 19–20. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Allmusic review
  3. ^ Twentieth Century (CD booklet). Alabama. RCA Records. 1999. 67793.