Then Came the Night

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Then Came the Night
Studio album by Tommy Shane Steiner
Released April 9, 2002 (2002-04-09)
Genre Country
Length 45:15
Label RCA
Producer Jimmy Ritchey
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Country Weekly favorable[2]

Then Came the Night is the only studio album of American country music artist Tommy Shane Steiner, released in 2002 on RCA Records. It features the single "What If She's an Angel", a number 2 hit for Steiner on the Hot Country Songs charts in late 2001-early 2002. Both the second and third singles — "Tell Me Where It Hurts" and "What We're Gonna Do About It", respectively — peaked at number 43 on the same chart.

The track "The Mind of John J. Blanchard" was later recorded by Anthony Smith under the title "John J. Blanchard" on his 2003 debut album If That Ain't Country, from which it was released as a single that year. "I Go Crazy" is a cover of pop singer Paul Davis's hit from 1978.

Jimmy Ritchey produced the album, with Frank Liddell serving as associate producer on tracks 2 and 5.

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album 3 stars out of 5, calling it "a mainstream pop album with a little bit of country dressing" and saying that Steiner is "a modest, likeable singer."[1] Mark Marymont of Country Weekly praised "What If She's an Angel" as "sweetly sentimental", and saying that he "adds a new emotional dimension" to "I Go Crazy".[2] Ray Waddell of Billboard gave the album a mostly-negative review, criticizing it as "devoid of substance" and calling the title track "pretentious", while calling "The Mind of John J. Blanchard" "well-written and even quite moving".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "That Just Wouldn't Be Me" (Dan Colehour, Sam Tate, Annie Tate) – 3:31
  2. "Tell Me Where It Hurts" (Diane Warren) – 4:04
  3. "What If She's an Angel" (Bryan Wayne) – 3:35
  4. "Let Go" (Neil Thrasher, Michael Dulaney, Jimmy Olander) – 3:18
  5. "The Mind of John J. Blanchard" (Anthony Smith, Chris Wallin) – 3:55
  6. "What We're Gonna Do About It" (Chris DuBois, Lee Thomas Miller) – 4:06
  7. "I Don't Need Another Reason" (Brad Cotter, Connie Harrington) – 4:27
  8. "Havin' a Good Time" (Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Richie McDonald) – 4:03
    • background vocals: Richie McDonald
  9. "I Go Crazy" (Paul Davis) – 3:56
  10. "And Yet" (Jimmy Ritchey, Tom Shapiro, Tommy Shane Steiner) – 4:20
  11. "Then Came the Night" (Chuck Jones, John Kilzer) – 5:54


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 6
U.S. Billboard 200 71


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  3. ^ Waddell, Ray (April 13, 2002). "Reviews: Then Came the Night". Billboard. 114 (15): 17.