We Are Tonight

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We Are Tonight
Studio album by Billy Currington
Released September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17)
Genre Country
Label Mercury Nashville
Producer
Billy Currington chronology
Icon
(2011)
We Are Tonight
(2013)
Singles from We Are Tonight
  1. "Hey Girl"
    Released: March 18, 2013
  2. "We Are Tonight"
    Released: November 18, 2013

We Are Tonight is the fifth studio album by American country music singer Billy Currington. It was released on September 17, 2013 via Mercury Nashville. The album includes the singles "Hey Girl" and "We Are Tonight".

Content[edit]

Currington told Country Weekly that he wanted the album to be "completely happy". Unlike his previous four albums, Currington did not write any of the songs on We Are Tonight.[1]

Among the tracks are a cover of Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes", from his album In Between Dreams,[2] and a duet with Willie Nelson on "Hard to Be a Hippie". According to Currington, the song ended up as a duet with Nelson because Currington had told co-writer Scotty Emerick, a mutual friend of the two, that he wanted to record the song; when Emerick said that Nelson wanted to record it, Currington then suggested that they do it as a duet.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Country Weekly A-[4]
Got Country Online 4/5 stars[5]
Music Is My Oxygen 4/5 stars[6]
The Plain Dealer C[7]
Roughstock 4.5/5 stars[8]

We Are Tonight garnered generally positive reception by music critics to critique the album. At Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine told that "none of his moves feel self-conscious", and that album was "guaranteed to create some nice mellow vibes."[3] Jon Freeman of Country Weekly said that "Billy is a skilled interpreter of songs with a knack for finding the soul in every selection." He generally praised the song selection, but criticized the title track for "fall[ing] back on the small-town truck-riding clichés so prevalent at the moment."[4] At Roughstock, Matt Bjorke felt that "We Are Tonight mixes traditional country elements with soul elements and contemporary elements and turns it into a sound that is uniquely and unquestionably Billy Currington."[8] Tara Toro at Got Country Online wrote that the release "will hook ya."[5] At Music Is My Oxygen, Rob Burkhardt affirmed that "We Are Tonight is a focused and well-produced record that plays to Billy Currington’s strengths and puts him in the running to be an A-list performer", and that "Time alone will tell whether enough fans will catch on to Currington’s unique style, but this is definitely a record worthy of the attention."[6] At The Plain Dealer, Chuck Yarborough stated that the release was "so disappointing. It’s not that it’s all that up-tempo – although most of it is – it’s just that none of it FEELS like it’s coming from a country guy pretending to be a pop guy pretending to be a country guy."[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hey Girl"   Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, Chris DeStefano 3:22
2. "Wingman"   Jeff Silbar, Chris Gelbuda 4:00
3. "One Way Ticket"   Gregory Becker, Troy Jones 2:55
4. "23 Degrees and South"   Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson 4:00
5. "We Are Tonight"   Marc Beeson, Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne 3:52
6. "Hard to Be a Hippie" (duet with Willie Nelson) Deanna Bryant, Scotty Emerick, John Scott Sherrill 3:40
7. "Closer Tonight"   J. T. Harding, Marv Green, Shane McAnally 4:59
8. "Another Day Without You"   McAnally, Barry Dean, Andrew Dorff 4:08
9. "Banana Pancakes"   Jack Johnson 4:37
10. "Hallelujah"   Shy Carter, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 3:03

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 10
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[10] 5

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
[11]
CAN
2013 "Hey Girl" 5 1 39 18 58
"We Are Tonight"A 13 6 64 19 92
  • ACurrent single.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dunkerley, Beville (22 July 2013). "Billy's Back: After three years under the radar, Billy Currington returns with a flirty new single". Country Weekly 20 (29): 41. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  2. ^ Skates, Sarah (10 June 2013). "Billy Currington Preps First Album in Three Years". MusicRow. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (September 16, 2013). "We Are Tonight - Billy Currington : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Freeman, Jon (September 17, 2013). "We Are Tonight by Billy Currington". Country Weekly. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Toro, Tara (September 13, 2013). "ALBUM REVIEW: Billy Currington "We Are Tonight"". Got Country Online. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Burkhardt, Rob (September 19, 2013). "Billy Currington "We Are Tonight" –Album Review". Music Is My Oxygen. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Yarborough, Chuck (September 20, 2013). "Billy Currington's much-anticipated 'We Are Tonight' misses the mark (CD Review)". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (September 17, 2013). "Album Review: Billy Currington - We Are Tonight". Roughstock. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Billy Currington. Prometheus Global Media.
  10. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Country Albums for Billy Currington. Prometheus Global Media.
  11. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access. Retrieved November 2, 2013.