Next Big Thing

Next Big Thing

by Vince Gill

CD

Overview

With Next Big Thing, Vince Gill returns to a familiar theme -- exploring life experiences from a mature vantage point -- and plays to his strengths throughout. He sings with heat or with tenderness, as the moment requires, and does so beautifully throughout, and his guitar solos are both judiciously employed and expertly crafted. Beyond that, Gill, who co-produced the disc, mixes up the stylistic palette with intriguing results. The ballads -- notably the lush heartbreaker "These Broken Hearts" and the spare honky-tonk weeper "Two Hearts" -- are exquisitely realized for maximum tear-jerk. A honky-tonk piano, robust horn section, and rocking beat power the title track, a melodic but sarcastic take on the music biz's flavor-of-the-month mentality. Mid-tempo pop-country fuels "Young Man's Town," in which Gill echoes the title track's theme in admitting to feeling out of place in the scheme of things. On the Tejano-flavored "We Had It All," he frames an emotional lament over a failed love affair with gut-string guitar and traditional country fiddle as the rhythm section nails down a big beat. Cajun cooking adds spice to the party-hearty barn burner "Old Time Fiddle," while "Without You" travels a western swing route rich in twin fiddles and moaning pedal steel as Gill, barely containing his glee, sings a heartfelt litany of all the things he doesn't miss about his old flame ("Without you trying to change me/Without you trying to make me/Without you trying to break me/All I can see is me without you"). Like that song, Next Big Thing trades a lot on irony, and it deserves -- ironically -- to be the next big thing on Gill's resume.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2003
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008817028620
catalogNumber: 170286

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vince Gill   Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Amy Grant   Vocal Harmony
Michael McDonald   Vocal Harmony
Dawn Sears   Vocal Harmony
Steve Bishir   Overdubs
Harry Stinson   Vocal Harmony
Jeff White   Vocal Harmony
Andrea Zonn   Vocal Harmony
Kim Keyes   Vocal Harmony
Billy Thomas   Vocal Harmony
Lee Ann Womack   Vocal Harmony
Leslie Satcher   Vocal Harmony
Jenny Gill   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Vince Gill   Producer,Art Direction
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Jim Kemp   Art Direction
Hank Nirider   Overdub Assistant
J.C. Monterrosa   Overdub Assistant

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Next Big Thing 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
OUTSTANDING TWO-STEP DANCE WESTERN SWING, "THE NEXT BIG THING"
Guest More than 1 year ago
WENT TO SEE VINCE AT BOULDER STATION ON JAN 31ST IT WAS AMAZING, HE CAME OUT ON STAGE AT 8:10 AND NEVER STOPPED SINGING, PLAYING OR TELLING STORIES TILL MIDNIGHT. THE MAN IS THE GREATEST, SINGER SONGWRITER AND GUITAR PLAYER. HE SANG EVERYSONG ON HIS NEW ALBUM PLUS TO MANY MORE TO LIST. THE CONCERT WAS LAID BACK AND JUST GREAT, I AM SURE THE TOUR AND THE ALBUM WILL BE A GREAT SUCCESS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vince delivers his best CD since his 1998 classic "The Key". This self produced 17 song CD includes a wide range of hard core country songs,pop/country and strong ballads. This CD showcases a mature Vince who can now look back on his life and reflect. The songwriting shows a man who knows his craft and like fine wine has become a truly great songwriter (especially on "Young Man's Town","These Broken Hearts" & "This Old Guitar And Me"). The rockin single "Next Big Thing" pokes fun at the country music business and the Merle Haggard tribute "Real Mean Bottle" is as country as it gets. Vince, as always, is a great singer, songwriter and musician. Vince Gill continues to show us all that is good about contemporary country music today. I highly recommend you go out and get "Next Big Thing"
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for one album to buy this year, this is the one. The ballads are poignant and heartfelt....after hearing These Broken Hearts my first thought was wow, he can still sing a sad song like no one else. But it doesn;t end there...there are swing tunes reminiscent of The Key and jazzier selections in the style of some found on High Lonesome Sound. Vince even throws in a margarita song...not in his usual style and sung in a huskier tone, but wonderful nonetheless. Whipoorwhill, which he sings with Jenny Gill is just lovely. An extraordinary album of 17 great songs....a real feat in these days of mediocrity in country music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vince Gill proves once again that he is one of the most talented singers/songwriters/musicians of country music. I have the last five CDs from Vince and have loved all of them, but this one is my favorite. There are different types of music included on the CD that range from slower songs like "Someday", and "These Broken Hearts" to faster-paced songs like "The Nexti Big Thing" and "The Sun's Going to Shine on You". My favorite songs are "She Never Makes Me Cry", "From Where I Stand", "Young Man's Town", "Next Big Thing", and "This Old Guitar and Me". Once again, this in another AWESOME CD from Vince Gill and you won't be disapointed when you buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vince Gill¿s first self-produced disc strikes a medium between the roots-driven stylings of 1998¿s "The Key," and the love-fueled outpouring of 2000¿s "Let¿s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye." Gill¿s seventeen self-penned songs (some solo writes, some with co-writers) pull in a wide range of influences, including the driving blues-rock of the opening track, the updated Cantina-inflected waltz, "We Had it All," the string-laden ballad like "Someday," and the chiming harmony-pop of "Don¿t Let Her Get Away." It¿s a more decidedly commercial effort than "The Key," but it¿s less schmaltzy and more varied than "Let¿s Make Sure We Kiss." ¶ Gill¿s voice is as sweet as ever, but at the age of 45, he¿s sure to find the radio and charts (not to mention Nashville¿s myopic view) crowded with up-and-coming youngsters. Rather than becoming embittered, Gill has taken on an elder-statesman¿s role, writing songs that contemplate his place in an industry that focuses on artists twenty years younger. The title track takes a rye look at the fleeting nature of pop culture, and "Young Man¿s Town," with Emmylou Harris offering a typically delicious harmony vocal, takes a fatalistic slide down the backside of fame. "Real Mean Bottle" pays tribute to one of Gill¿s legendary influences (and notorious industry critic), Merle Haggard, and "Whippoorwill River" honors Gill¿s father while contemplating the passing of generations. ¶ A good deal of the album is filled with love songs, often in pairs that explore opposite sides of the same theme. "Don¿t Let Her Get Away" sings of uncompromisied romantic opportunities, while "She Never Makes Me Cry" and "From Where I Stand" detail the compromises the make up most real-world relationships. The latter¿s message of marital faithfulness is a tad ironic, given Gill¿s personal history. "Someday" and "The Sun¿s Gonna Shine On You" evince romantic hope, while "These Broken Hearts" sings of romance¿s end. Perhaps the most moving love song on the album is written to Gill¿s long-standing musical partner, "This Old Guitar and Me." ¶ As a producer, Gill shows himself better suited to finding a sound that magnifies his performance, than editing his own song list. The album¿s length (over 65 minutes!) guarantees that there¿s something for everyone to like, but it also feels padded. Part of the producer¿s job is to pare down the candidate songs to a cohesive offering, and Gill apparently found it hard to part with any of his creations. It¿s difficult to fault someone for giving you too much, especially someone as talented as Gill, but a volume that repeats themes in such finely differentiated hues could probably have used a good editor. ¶ 3-3/4 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the all the songs on this album so much.There not one I disliked. All are awesome.Vince is not only a genius in writings these beautiful songs but he Great singer,songwriter and a great producer has capable of going all.Buy it,its worth every penney.