Life at Best

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Life at Best
Lifeatbest.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)
GenreCountry
Length50:19
LabelRepublic Nashville
Producer
Eli Young Band chronology
Jet Black & Jealous
(2008)
Life at Best
(2011)
10,000 Towns
(2014)
Singles from Life at Best
  1. "Crazy Girl"
    Released: March 7, 2011
  2. "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"
    Released: January 23, 2012
  3. "Say Goodnight"
    Released: August 27, 2012[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Country Weekly4/5 stars[3]

Life at Best is an album by Eli Young Band, an American country music band. It was released on August 16, 2011 via Republic Nashville. The album includes the number one singles "Crazy Girl" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" as well as "Say Goodnight", which peaked at number 22 on the Country Airplay Chart. According to HITS Daily Double, the album sold 348,000 copies as of February 2014.

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Giving it four stars out of five, Steve Morley of Country Weekly said that the album "rings with roots-rock guitars and meaty, often melancholy themes".[3] A less favorable review came from Andrew Leahey of Allmusic, who thought that it was a "step backwards" because he did not consider its songs as memorable as those on Jet Black & Jealous.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Even If It Breaks Your Heart"Will Hoge, Eric Paslay3:40
2."Crazy Girl"Lee Brice, Liz Rose3:20
3."Every Other Memory"Chris DeStefano, Catt Gravitt, Josh Kear4:44
4."On My Way"Scooter Carusoe, Jon Jones, James Young3:26
5."Skeletons"Mike Eli, Sean McConnell, Young3:21
6."I Love You"Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Jones, Chris Thompson3:20
7."The Fight"Natalie Hemby, Tim Putnam4:25
8."My Old Man's Son"Lance W Adkins, Eli, Blu Sanders3:42
9."Recover"Eli, Young, Jacobs2:58
10."The Falling"Eli, Ryan James3:38
11."War on a Desperate Man"Eli, Sanders4:06
12."Say Goodnight"Katrina Elam, Melissa Peirce, John Paul White3:08
13."How Quickly You Forget"Eli, Hemby, Daniel Tashian3:40
14."Life at Best"Eli, Young2:51
Total length:50:19

Personnel[edit]

Eli Young Band[edit]

Additional Musicians[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 75
US Billboard 200 6
US Billboard Top Country Albums 3

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[5]
US Country Airplay
[6]
US
[7]
CAN
[8]
2011 "Crazy Girl" 1 30 66
2012 "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" 1 29 56
"Say Goodnight" 31 22 110
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wyland, Sarah (August 4, 2012). "Eli Young Band's Crowds Get Loud". Great American Country. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Leahey, Andrew. "Life at Best review". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b Morley, Steve (August 10, 2011). "Life at Best review". Country Weekly. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  4. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Eli Young Band – Life at Best". Hung Medien.
  5. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  8. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "Canadian digital certifications – Eli Young Band – Crazy Girl". Music Canada.
  10. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Crazy Girl". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Even If It Breaks Your Heart". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.