Hypnotize the Moon

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Hypnotize the Moon
Clay Walker - Hypnotize the Moon.jpg
Studio album by Clay Walker
Released October 17, 1995
Recorded 1995; Nashville TN, Loud Recording, 50 Music Square West, 16th Avenue Sound, Sound Stage Studio, 10 Music Circle South
Genre Country
Length 35:51
Label Giant
Producer James Stroud
Clay Walker chronology
If I Could Make a Living
(1994)If I Could Make a Living1994
Hypnotize the Moon
(1995)
Rumor Has It
(1997)Rumor Has It1997
Singles from Hypnotize the Moon
  1. "Who Needs You Baby"
    Released: September 12, 1995
  2. "Hypnotize the Moon"
    Released: January 8, 1996
  3. "Only on Days That End in "Y""
    Released: May 27, 1996
  4. "Bury the Shovel"
    Released: September 16, 1996

Hypnotize the Moon is American country music singer Clay Walker's third studio album. It was released October 17, 1995, on Giant Records. It was the third consecutive album of his career to earn RIAA platinum certification for U.S. shipments of one million copies, although it was also the first album of his career not to produce any Number One hits. Released from this album were, in order: "Who Needs You Baby", the title track, "Only on Days That End in 'Y'", and "Bury the Shovel". Respectively, these reached #2, #2, #5, and #18 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. "Love You Like You Love Me" was co-written by Steve Wariner, who later recorded it on his 1998 album Burnin' the Roadhouse Down.

Background[edit]

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle Walker stated about the album "I'm not trying to change country music; I want to be part of it, country music radio has really been the key for us. They've been behind us from the beginning, especially in this area."[1] During an interview with The Grand Rapids Press Walker said, "The third album has to be a landmark album for us. It has to take me to the next level." He also stated, "I know for sure that this is the best album I've ever done. I'm just so proud of it."[2]

Walker told Country Song Roundup, "The first album, I had a lot of very raw sound and it was a new beginning for me. The second album I stretched out of that one and tried to find my limitations. This album is something that I'm going to be proud of 20 years from now."[3] In a press release for the album Walker stated, "I really wanted this album to be more traditional country than anything I've ever done. That's why I wrote and looked for songs that were more in that vein." In another interview with Country Song Roundup Walker said, "I try to record music that is going to be played on the radio twenty years from now. It's hard to make songs stand out with so many artists and songs out there." [4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Who Needs You Baby" Clay Walker, Kim Williams, Randy Boudreaux 2:48
2. "I Won't Have the Heart" Walker, Williams, Kent Blazy 2:54
3. "Let Me Take the Heartache (Off Your Hands)" Walker, Williams, Blazy 3:17
4. "Hypnotize the Moon" Eric Kaz, Steve Dorff 3:39
5. "Hand Me Down Heart" Zack Turner, Lonnie Wilson 3:06
6. "Only on Days That End in "Y"" Richard Fagan 2:46
7. "Where Were You" Tim Mensy 3:46
8. "Loving You Comes Naturally to Me" Ray Methvin, Tim Johnson, Roger Springer 3:24
9. "Bury the Shovel" Chris Arms, Chuck Jones 3:27
10. "A Cowboy's Toughest Ride" Walker, Williams, Boudreaux 3:12
11. "Love Me Like You Love Me" Steve Wariner, Bill LaBounty 3:42

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Billboard (favorable)[6]
Country Standard Time (favorable)[3]
Dallas Morning News (favorable)[7]
Entertainment Weekly B+[8]
Texas Monthly (favorable)[9]
USA Today 2/5 stars[10]

The editors at Billboard wrote in their review of the album "Walker is a big-voiced Texas singer with smart song selection and a minimalist honky-tonk production. He sounds unassuming until you realize that's what he's all about. He gets in your yard without ever getting in your face. Very intelligent use of fiddle and steel here."[6] Helen Thompson of Texas Monthly wrote, "Hypnotize the Moon, is already flying out of stores. Attribute his success to a knack for writing mainstream country songs or to his engaging modesty--or even to his tight blue jeans, which he wears in his sexy videos and onstage."[9]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote, " Walker shines on both polished, contemporary ballads and gritty traditional country, and his consistently excellent performance is what carries the album over the weak spots."[5] David Zimmerman of USA Today gave the album two stars and wrote, "The follow-up to Walker's successful debut album, If I Could Make a Living, doesn't have as much verve or as many catchy hooks. But Walker's workmanlike approach and believable delivery give emotional heft to the waltz."[10] Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ rating and wrote that Walker is "only as memorable as his songs, and in this case, that's enough. Whether you favor the Haggardesque Let Me Take the Heartache (Off Your Hands) or the MOR title ballad, he's one cookie-cutter sensation who isn't likely to crumble.[8]

Richard McVey II of Country Standard Time gave the album a positive review and wrote, "Be prepared for an abundance of fiddle and steel guitar on an album that will no doubt continue Walker's string of platinum success."[3] Mario Tarradell of The Dallas Morning News said, "His third album, Hypnotize the Moon, is filled with the same type of radio-friendly ballads and mass-appeal up-tempo numbers that took his first two CDs to platinum."[7]

Personnel[edit]

Strings performed by the Nashville String Machine, contracted by Carl Gorodetzsky, conducted and arranged by Steve Dorff.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 11 and moved 20,000 units during its first week.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Rick Houston Chronicle 17 February 1996. ONE HOT TICKET/Clay Walker in the middle of awesome dream
  2. ^ Gonzalez, John D. The Grand Rapids Press Walker is no stroller in fast rise to the top (11 June 1995)
  3. ^ a b c McVey Richard II. Country Standard Time Hypnotize the Moon
  4. ^ Clay, Walker Biography
  5. ^ a b Thomas, Stephen (1995-10-17). "Hypnotize the Moon - Clay Walker". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Album reviews: Country." Billboard 107.50 (1995): 99. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 14 Apr. 2011.
  7. ^ a b Tarradell, Mario The Dallas Morning News. Southern lights; Headliners lend star power to the KSCS Country Fail (April 26, 1996)
  8. ^ a b Nash, Alanna. Entertainment Weekly Hypnotize the Moon Review(Nov 10, 1995)
  9. ^ a b Thompson, Helen. "Clay Walker." Texas Monthly 23.11 (1995): 33. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 18 May 2011.
  10. ^ a b Zimmerman, David USA Today Pumpkins' double set smashing; Green Day sleepwalks (8 November 1995)
  11. ^ Hypnotize the Moon (CD liner notes). Clay Walker. Giant Records. 1995. 9 14640-2. 
  12. ^ Jessen, Wade. "Country corner." Billboard 107.44 (1995): 59. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 18 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Gold & Platinum - September 11. 1996". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2011-07-07.