The Distance (Taylor Hicks album)

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The Distance
Studio album by Taylor Hicks
Released March 10, 2009
Recorded 2008 at Glenwood Place Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Blue-eyed soul, pop
Label Modern Whomp
Producer Simon Climie
Taylor Hicks chronology
Early Works
The Distance
Singles from The Distance
  1. "What's Right Is Right"
    Released: January 27, 2009
  2. "Seven Mile Breakdown"
    Released: May 4, 2009

The Distance is the third studio album by American blue-eyed soul singer Taylor Hicks, released on March 10, 2009.[1] It is the first release by Hicks under his own independent label, Modern Whomp, after parting ways with Arista Records.

The Distance was produced by Simon Climie and features eleven tracks on the main version, including the single "What's Right Is Right" and "Nineteen", which tells the story of a teenage football star who joins the armed forces after the 9/11 attacks.[2] Several tracks feature Nathan East and Doyle Bramhall II, both longtime members of Eric Clapton's band. "Seven Mile Breakdown" was originally recorded by Alabama indie band Spoonful James.[3] It debuted at number 58 on the Billboard 200 and number five on the Top Independent Albums charts with sales of 9,000 copies in its first week of release.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (C) link
People Magazine 2.5/4 stars (March 23, 2009 issue)

Critical reception to the album was mixed to positive, with publications like Allmusic saying that "Hicks doesn't show great sensitivity as an interpreter(...) but as an entertainer he pulls out all the stops, determined to get every last person in the joint to crack a smile. It's a trait that served him well in those small clubs and on television, and it still serves him well here." Entertainment Weekly, however, gave the album a decidedly negative review, with Entertainment Weekly writer Simon Vozick-Levinson stating that Hicks is "no worse than any of the countless other graying dudes singing what they believe to be the blues in hotel lobbies and dive bars across the nation".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Distance"   Taylor Hicks, Gary Nicholson, Kenny Greenberg 4:05
2. "What's Right Is Right"   Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan 3:48
3. "New Found Freedom"   Hicks, Climie, Morgan 4:25
4. "Nineteen"   Jeffrey Steele, Tom Hambridge, Nicholson 3:10
5. "Once Upon a Lover of Mine"   Hicks, Climie, Morgan 4:09
6. "Seven Mile Breakdown"   Hicks, Wynn Christian 4:18
7. "Maybe You Should"   Hicks, Nicholson, Mike Reid 3:45
8. "Keepin' It Real"   Hicks, Delbert McClinton, Nicholson, Hambridge 3:46
9. "I Live on a Battlefield"   Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe 4:08
10. "Wedding Day Blues"   Hicks, Alan Little 2:45
11. "Woman's Got Have It" (Featuring Elliott Yamin) Darryl Carter, Bobby Womack, Linda Cooke 3:38



Chart performance[edit]

The album sold approximately 9,000 copies in the US during its first official week of released; debuting at number 58 on the Billboard 200 and number five on the Top Independent Albums chart. It has sold 52,000 copies to date.[5]

Chart (2009) Peak position
U.S. Billboard 200 58
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 5


  1. ^ "Taylor Hicks Goes “THE DISTANCE” - GossipBoulevard - Celebrity Gossip, Celebrity News". GossipBoulevard. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Nineteen". Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Seven Mile Breakdown Songfacts". Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  4. ^ "The Distance: Taylor Hicks: Music". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ "Idol Chatter 12-8-2010 "Idols maintain chart presence with guest appearances, compilations"". 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2012-05-14.