Heartbreak Town

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For the Dixie Chicks song, see Heartbreak Town (song).
Heartbreak Town
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Studio album by Steve Azar
Released February 27, 1996 (1996-02-27)
Genre Country
Label River North Nashville
Producer Joe Thomas (tracks 1-11)
Steve Azar, A. J. Masters (track 12)
Steve Azar chronology
Heartbreak Town
(1996)
Waitin' on Joe
(2002)

Heartbreak Town is the debut album of American country music artist Steve Azar. Released on River North Records in 1996, it features the singles "Someday" and "I Never Stopped Loving You", which peaked at numbers 51 and 50, respectively, on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts that year. Azar did not release another album until Waitin' on Joe six years later. The track "I Go Crazy" is a cover of Paul Davis' hit single from 1978.

Critical reception[edit]

Country Standard Time critic Larry Stephens gave a mostly-negative review, saying that outside "Thunderbird" and "As Long as Harley Gets to Play," the album's songs were too similar to each other in sound and "not strong enough to carry [their] weight on radio."[1] Billboard was more positive, with an uncredited review calling Azar's songwriting "adept", while comparing his voice favorably to John Mellencamp.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Never Stopped Lovin' You" (Steve Azar, Jason Blume) – 4:10
  2. "Nights Like This" (Azar, Bob Regan) – 3:32
  3. "What Are We Waitin' For" (Azar, Roger Murrah, A. J. Masters) – 2:43
  4. "Someday" (Azar, Masters, Regan) – 3:06
  5. "Thunderbird" (Azar, Masters, Tommy Rocco) – 4:54
  6. "As Long as Harley Gets to Play" (Azar, Masters, Murrah) – 3:50
  7. "Dreams of a Dancer" (Azar, Masters, Regan) – 3:11
  8. "Heartbreak Town" (Azar, Murrah, Regan) – 3:08
  9. "I Go Crazy" (Paul Davis) – 3:51
  10. "Caught Between the Rock and the Roll" (Azar, Masters, Don Goodman) – 4:15
  11. "Love Had No Right" (Azar, Masters, Tony Marty) – 3:20
  12. "You Don't Even Have to Try" (Azar, Masters, Murrah) – 3:03

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephens, Larry. "Heartbreak Town review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Reviews: Country". Billboard: 75. 23 March 1996. 
  3. ^ Heartbreak Town (Media notes). Steve Azar. Nashville, Tennessee: River North Records. 1996. CGD 1172.