No Nonsense (album)

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No Nonsense
Barbara Mandrell-No Nonsense.jpg
Studio album by Barbara Mandrell
Released August 21, 1990
Recorded July 1990 (Nashville, TN)
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Producer Jimmy Bowen
Barbara Mandrell chronology
Morning Sun
(1990)Morning Sun1990
No Nonsense
Key's in the Mailbox
(1991)Key's in the Mailbox1991
Singles from No Nonsense
  1. "Men and Trains"
    Released: 1990
  2. "I'll Leave Something Good Behind"
    Released: January 1991
  3. "Feed the Fire"
    Released: June 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

No Nonsense is the twenty third studio album by American country artist Barbara Mandrell. The album was released on August 21, 1990 on Capitol Records and was produced by Jimmy Bowen. It was the second studio album Mandrell released in 1990 as well as her third release for the Capitol label.

Background and content[edit]

No Nonsense was recorded in July 1990 and was released to be Mandrell's second studio release of 1990. The album's musical style was mainly approached from a traditional country music style and varies from ballads to uptempo material. The opening track "Where Are the Pieces of My Heart" was one of two songs written by songwriter Hugh Prestwood, who also wrote Trisha Yearwood's "The Song Remembers When" in 1993. Prestwood also wrote "More Fun Than the Law Allows". The fifth track "I'd Rather Be Used (Than Not Needed at All)" was a duet with Barbara's sister, Louise, and was written by Louise's then-husband, R.C. Bannon.[2] No Nonsense was released on a compact disc upon its release in 1990.[3] The album received two and a half out of five stars by Allmusic without a review provided.[1]


No Nonsense spawned three singles between 1990 and 1991, but none of the singles charted the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart or the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. The debut single "Men and Trains" was released in 1990, followed by "I'll Leave Something Good Behind" and "Feed the Fire" in 1991. No Nonsense was released August 21, 1990 and peaked for one week at #72 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart. It became Mandrell's lowest-peaking album.[2]

Around the time of the album's release, Mandrell was featured in a series of TV commercials and print ads for No Nonsense pantyhose, some of which were used to cross-promote the No Nonsense album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Where Are the Pieces of My Heart" – (Hugh Prestwood)
  2. "Feed the Fire" – (Ava Aldridge, Jan Buckingham)
  3. "Too Soon to Tell" – (Mike Reid)
  4. "Straight and Narrow"
  5. "I'd Rather Be Used (Than Not Needed at All)" – (R.C. Bannon)
  6. "More Fun Than the Law Allows" – (Prestwood)
  7. "You Gave It to Me"
  8. "Men and Trains" (R.C. Bannon)
  9. "We Can't Go Back"
  10. "I'll Leave Something Good Behind" – (Hilary Kanter)


Sales chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
U.S. Top Country Albums 72


  1. ^ a b "No Nonsense > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "No Nonsense: Barbara Mandrell". ' Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "No Nonsense by Barbara Mandrell". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "No Nonsense > charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 January 2010.