A Place in the World (album)

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A Place in the World
Studio album by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Released October 22, 1996
Genre Country
Length 45:06
Label Columbia Nashville
Producer Mary Chapin Carpenter
John Jennings
Mary Chapin Carpenter chronology
Stones in the Road
A Place in the World
Party Doll and Other Favorites
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B−[5]

A Place in the World is the sixth album by Mary Chapin Carpenter, and was a No. 3 Country Album on the Billboard charts. Album tracks that entered the Hot Country Singles chart were "Let Me into Your Heart" at No. 11, "I Want to Be Your Girlfriend" at No. 35, and "Keeping the Faith" at No. 58. Carpenter wrote all of the songs on the album singlehandedly.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

  1. "Keeping the Faith" – 3:19
  2. "Hero in Your Own Hometown" – 3:50
  3. "I Can See It Now" – 3:34
  4. "I Want to Be Your Girlfriend" – 3:30
  5. "Let Me into Your Heart" – 2:54
  6. "What If We Went to Italy" – 3:38
  7. "That's Real" – 3:53
  8. "Ideas Are Like Stars" – 4:05
  9. "Naked to the Eye" – 3:54
  10. "Sudden Gift of Fate" – 5:05
  11. "The Better to Dream of You" – 3:18
  12. "A Place in the World" – 4:06


String section[edit]

  • Kim Miller, Margaraet Gutierrez, Lilly Soong Kramer, Theresa Lazar, Steven Romer, Matthew Loden, Mark Dulac, Ozman Kivrak, Joan Singer, Vickie Yanics, Tracy Jasas, Christoff Richter – violins
  • Marcio Botelho, Timothy Butler, Nancy Jo Snyder, David Teie – cellos

Strings and horns conducted and arranged by Michael "Rico" Petruccelli.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 3
U.S. Billboard 200 20
Canadian RPM Country Albums 13