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Crowd Goes Wild
Genres: Country, Pop
A reliable, if unspectacular hitmaker, Georgia native Mark Wills serves up country for the karaoke set--folks eager for a momentary thrill of emotion, but not necessarily steeped in the tradition of the genre. His newest d... more »
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A reliable, if unspectacular hitmaker, Georgia native Mark Wills serves up country for the karaoke set--folks eager for a momentary thrill of emotion, but not necessarily steeped in the tradition of the genre. His newest delivers the expected populist rewards, including a snappy title song that works the testosterone charge of NASCAR into a theme of self-empowerment, and a Southern rocker tribute to long-distance truckers, "Prisoner of the Highway," a duet with Ronnie Milsap. The former points up one of Wills? strengths--a knack with rhythmic novelty songs a la 2002?s hit, "Nineteen Somethin?." But mostly he excels at heartfelt family values, as in "What She Sees in Me," which gives mother, wife, and daughter equal time. If the latter seems cloying, things get even sappier on the closer, "Singer in a Band," in which he deflects the hero label in favor of ordinary folks who?ve made real sacrifices. That?s country, of course, but it?s also the very definition of why so many folks run screaming from the format. --Alanna Nash
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Mark Wills is back...with his best album ever!
DanD | 10/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
""And the Crowd Goes Wild" may not drive YOU wild. After all, Mark Wills has had more hits with ballads than with up-tempo songs. After "19 Somethin'", though, it's obvious he's trying to go with this re-vamped imaged. And I say: Hell, he was always better on the up-tempo songs anyways! Way to go!Well, let's get on to this album. It's not a masterpiece--but did you expect it to be? It's GOOD, it's REALLY GOOD. Not every song on here is a home-run; some of them narrowly avoid the cliche. And there's the fact that Wills no longer contributes to the songwriting...which may or may not be a good thing. At least he has an awesome, purely country voice.The hightlights of this album: the title track is a bit...campy? Immature? But how can you not love it? The chorus is a great sing-along, and it teaches a good lesson. "What Hurts the Most" is a heartbreak ballad that has some catchy verses. "Nothin' But a Suntan" is a slick, engrossing, sexy little number (penned by James Slater, who's appearing everywhere now). "How Bad Do You Want It" talks about what you really need to have to make it in life...aspiration! (Another good sing-alonger, too.)And then we get to the standout track...the one that beats all the others, and most I've heard this year. "A Singer in A Band" is a humbling tune...how, though he may be center-stage, a singer really doesn't deserve the title of hero as much as others...such as the firemen of 9/11, or cancer patients, or soldiers...I'm a guy, and so this is hard for me to admit, but I cried when I heard this song. It's that moving. (And no, I don't cry easily.) This is most certainly the best song of Wills's career...and one of the best I've heard, period."And The Crowd Goes Wild" is Mark Wills's sixth album, coming after his "Greatest Hits" which, ironically, featured what is probably his greatest hit to date, "19 Somethin'". That "Hits" album is almost entirely ballads...but with that up-tempo smash, Marks Wills seems to be trying to enter country music with a new angle. And do we like it? You betcha! Wills has never sounded better than he does on this album. And for those of you who prefer "Wish You Were Here" to "Everything There is to Know about You": there are still some exemplary ballads on this album, too. Don't worry: he's still, after all, Mark Wills. And that means he's pretty darned good!"
Crowd Goes Wild for this one!
Katelyn | Bakersfield, California | 01/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mark Wills has done it again. This album, with many upbeat songs, is the perfect follow up to the 'Greatest Hits' album which was made up mainly of gorgeous ballads. Mark Wills comes back strong, but with a new sound. In this album, Wills goes from storyteller to lover, and then from lonely to inspirational. Many different views go into the songs, and in return come fun and very well-written songs. Although there is no song that even gets close to the calibur of his previous smash hit '19 Somethin', many of the songs deserve recognition and together they form an excellent album. Some of the highlights are 'He's A Cowboy', which I can listen to over and over, 'Nothin' But A Suntan' - with its extremely catchy chorus, how can you NOT like it?, and 'Singer In A Band' which is gorgeously written and brings forth lots of emotion. It is an excellent song to end the album with. All and all, I highly recommend this album to any today's country fan, and it is definately a must for any Mark Wills lover."
This crowd definately goes wild!!!
fanofstewart20 | Shippensburg, PA | 11/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't think Mark could make a bad album if he tried. This one is wonderful. I'm a huge NASCAR fan, so I get really pumped up everytime I play the title track. 'He's a Cowboy' is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. The remaining tracks are great as well, but the other stand-outs to me are 'Married in Mexico' and 'How Bad Do You Want It?' No offense, Mark, but I think you made the greatest hits too soon....some of these were definately worthy additions."