Declaration of Independence (album)

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Declaration of Independence
DeclarationofIndependence.jpg
Studio album by Colt Ford
Released August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07)
Genre Country rap
Label Average Joe's Entertainment
Producer
Colt Ford chronology
Every Chance I Get
(2011)
Declaration of Independence
(2012)
Thanks for Listening
(2014)
Singles from Declaration of Independence
  1. "Answer to No One"
    Released: 2012
  2. "Back"
    Released: July 2, 2012
  3. "Drivin' Around Song"
    Released: July 29, 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Associated Press favorable[2]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[3]
Country Standard Time mixed[4]

Declaration of Independence is the fourth studio album by American country rap artist Colt Ford.[5] It was released on August 7, 2012 through Average Joe's Entertainment Group. The album includes the singles "Answer to No One," "Back" and "Drivin' Around Song."

Reviews[edit]

An uncredited review from the Associated Press was favorable, saying that "Ford not only illustrates that country music can continue to draw on other contemporary musical styles, he also shows that modern-era rednecks can mix with the rest of the world, too."[2] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock rated it four stars out of five, similarly saying that it "finds him once again bridging the gap between two diametrically opposite genres with skill."[3] Giving it three-and-a-half stars out of five, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic compared the sound to Kid Rock, saying that Ford had "swagger" and "bravado".[1] Sam Gazdziak of Country Standard Time gave a mixed review, praising "All In" and "Way Too Early" as the countriest-sounding, and calling "Angels & Demuns" a standout, but criticizing some of the songs' themes by saying that "The 'country pride' songs dominate, and there are so many of them saying essentially the same thing that they become indistinguishable."[4] As of Oct. 28,2012 the album has sold 106,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Answer to No One" (with JJ Lawhorn)
3:32
2. "Drivin' Around Song" (with Jason Aldean) 3:40
3. "All In" (with Kix Brooks)
  • Ford
  • Gordon
  • Hartnett
  • Houchins
3:16
4. "Ain't Out of the Woods" (with Montgomery Gentry) Ford 3:04
5. "Lucky" (with Jonathan Singleton)
  • Ford
  • Wiseman
3:09
6. "Back" (with Jake Owen)
  • Ford
  • Gordon
  • Hartnett
  • Houchins
4:02
7. "Dancin' While Intoxicated (DWI)" (with LoCash Cowboys and Redneck Social Club)
  • Ford
  • Lex Lipsitz
3:55
8. "It's All" (with Jeffrey Steele)
  • Ford
  • Jeffrey Steele
3:43
9. "Hugh Damn Right" (with Laura Bell Bundy)
  • Ford
  • Wiseman
3:43
10. "Room at the Bar" (with Corey Smith)
  • Ford
  • Terry Smith
3:19
11. "All of My Tomorrows" (with Russell Dickerson)
3:09
12. "Happy in Hell" (with Wanya Morris) Ford 3:58
13. "50/50"
  • Ford
  • Wiseman
2:50
14. "Way Too Early" (with Darius Rucker) 2:46
15. "Angels & Demuns" (with Lamar Williams, Jr.)
  • Ford
  • Wiseman
6:38

Production[edit]

Producer: Dann Huff: Tracks 2, 5, 8 and 11

Producer: Mike Hartnett and Corey Smith: Track 10

Producer: Phive Starr: Tracks 7 and 12

Producer: Shannon Houchins: Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 14 and 15


Mixing: Billy Decker: Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14 and 15

Mixing: Justin Niebank: Tracks 2, 5, 8 and 11

Mixing: Phive Starr: Track 7

Mixing: Billy Hume: Track 10


Mastering - Noah Gordon

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[6] 5
US Billboard Top Country Albums[6] 1
US Billboard Independent Albums[6] 1
US Billboard Rap Albums[6] 60

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US
2012 "Answer to No One" (with JJ Lawhorn)
"Back" (with Jake Owen) 40 50
2013 "Drivin' Around Song" (with Jason Aldean) 41 56 106
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Preceded by
Uncaged by Zac Brown Band
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 25, 2012
Succeeded by
Uncaged by Zac Brown Band

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Declaration of Independence review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Music Review: Country chameleon Colt Ford invites everybody to belly up to the bar on latest". The Washington Post. Associated Press. August 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Peacock, Bobby (August 6, 2012). "Declaration of Independence review". Roughstock. Archived from the original on August 16, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Gazdziak, Sam. "Declaration of Independence review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Colt Ford's 'Declaration' Ignores Rules" Billboard.com/Rovi Corporation Published March 13, 2012 Obtained July 7, 2012
  6. ^ a b c d "Chart listing for Declaration of Independence". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2012.