Countrified [Enhanced]

Countrified [Enhanced]

by Emerson Drive

CD

Overview

Led by the rich-toned lead vocals of Brad Mates, the Canadian-bred band's first two albums on Dreamworks received tons of high-powered accolades from the country music community -- including Billboard's Top Country Artist of the Year and Group of the Year for two consecutive years from the Canadian Country Music Association. The sounds were crisp, slick, and fit perfectly into the era's pop-country vibe, but Richard Marx's solid production was a mixed blessing; some felt he made Emerson Drive "too" pop to be legit country artists. That problem is solved on this incredibly infectious, not-a-bad-cut-in-sight collection, not only with a title indicating Emerson Drive's true identity as country artists, but with production by famed genre songwriters and producers Keith Follese and Brad Allen -- who also happen to helm the band's new U.S. label, Midas Records Nashville. There's still a rock/pop edge, reflected by the popular, family values-driven first single "A Good Man" and "You Still Own Me." But the richer country elements shine through on the fiddle passages (performed brilliantly by David Pichette) of the raucous, honky tonkin' "Testify" and barnburning "Sweet Natural Girl." Heartfelt, gently twangy ballads like "Moments" and "A Boy Becomes a Man" beautifully balance the feisty tunes. The disc's true masterpiece is saved for the end, when the boys put a crafty rock/soul energy into the classic "Devil Went Down to Georgia," adding to Pichette's fiddle genius with a touch of Latin spice and a few witty, well-placed bars of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" by guitarist Danick Dupelle. [This enhanced edition includes bonus CD-ROM material.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2006
Label: Midas Records
UPC: 0881529008827
catalogNumber: 90088

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emerson Drive   Primary Artist
David Hoffner   Strings
Darlene Wallace   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocal Harmony
Brad Mates   Vocals
Danick Dupelle   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Patrick Bourque   Bass
David Pichette   Fiddle,Mandolin
Mike Melancon   Drums

Technical Credits

Charlie Daniels   Composer
Fred Edwards   Composer
Theodore Gentry   Composer,Producer
Charles Hayward   Composer
Josh Leo   Composer,Producer
Kip Raines   Composer
Victoria Shaw   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Noah Gordon   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
William J. Digregorio   Composer
Brian Maher   Composer
Annie Tate   Composer
Sam Tate   Composer
Adrienne Follesé   Composer
Allen Ditto   Engineer
Dave Berg   Composer
Brad Mates   Composer
Danick Dupelle   Composer
Keith Follesé   Composer,Producer
Ryan Turner   Engineer
Johnny Reid   Composer
Jay Riehl   Engineer
Jeremy Stover   Composer
Brooke Ludwick   Art Direction
David Kalmusky   Engineer
John Crain   Composer
Wade Kirby   Composer

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Countrified 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I've loved E Drive's past two albums, this one takes their talents a step farther and defines their impact in the country arena. The songs, "A Good Man," "Moments" and "Countrified Soul" are my favorites, but it's not like they outshine the eight remaining songs. Some of the songs are rocking country tunes while others are wistful ballads, and each one is absolutely solid in vocals and musicianship. Every time I listen to the album, I get something different out of the songs. I'm certain this CD will be at the top of my listening stack for quite a while. BUY THIS ALBUM! It's worth every penny! And if you get the chance, see these guys live. So much energy and fun.
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