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Place in the Sun
Genres: Country, Pop
The party-hearty raucousness of "I Like It, I Love It" seems like a lifetime ago for Tim McGraw, whose fifth album strikes a more reflective chord. Whether ruminating on how it felt to be "Seventeen," making resolutions fo... more »
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The party-hearty raucousness of "I Like It, I Love It" seems like a lifetime ago for Tim McGraw, whose fifth album strikes a more reflective chord. Whether ruminating on how it felt to be "Seventeen," making resolutions for "My Next Thirty Years," or probing the depths of Rodney Crowell's "Please Remember Me," his music shows the effects of marriage and maturity. Even the drinking songs, "Senorita Margarita" and "She'll Have You Back," share an older-but-wiser sentiment. While there are no duets with wife Faith Hill, her presence is evident on "My Best Friend" and "Some Things Never Change." McGraw wrote none of the songs here, but his emotional investment in the material results in an engaging collection. --Don McLeese
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Tim in a mellow mood
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 08/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tim began as a traditional country singer as his debut album shows, but he gradually moved into the pop-country market. So although the credits on this album (his fifth) include fiddle and steel guitar, you won't find too much evidence of Tim's roots here. With Please remember me (a Rodney Crowell song) becoming a huge American pop hit, Tim gave clear proof of his appeal to pop audiences. Nevertheless, this is a brilliant album of its type. As ever, Tim's song selection is impeccable. He seems to know exactly what the American public wants and (just as important) what songs suit his voice.
Tim chose not to include any driving up-tempo songs on this album, focusing mainly but not entirely on romantic love songs. The original American edition of this album didn't include any duets with Faith although my UK edition includes one as the only bonus track - a remix version of It's your love.
My favorite track here (My next thirty years) finds Tim hoping to do various things in the future but you know that maybe he's not too serious - we all know how easy to put things off and only end up doing some of them. The title track is typical of the album - reflective and mellow. You might think that the title suggests an upbeat, fun song, but here the place in the sun is something that Tim wishes and hopes for. Another great song is the opening track, The trouble with never - another great song that everybody can relate to. Other great songs include Something like that, My best friend, Seventeen, Eyes of a woman and She'll have you back.
I like Tim's music whatever he sings - whether traditional or contemporary, rousing up-tempo songs or mellow love songs, he has proved his versatility. This mellow pop-country album may not please everybody but if you're into this type of music, it doesn't get much better than this."
A Heartfelt Masterpiece from Country's Greatest Songman
Will W. Martin | Woodland, CA United States | 01/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Arguably Tim McGraw's best album to date (arguably because each one is so stellar-each album from Everywhere forward are neck and neck, albeit each excel in certain areas), a Place in the Sun finds country's greatest ear picking songs at a time he was newly in love and experiencing his greatest success to date.
This album is anchored by a number of outstanding selections (including Carry On, Somebody Must Be Prayin, You Don't Love Me Anymore, My Best Friend), however the album is made by the inclusion of Please Remember Me.
Please Remember Me is, simply, one of the greatest recordings ever made. Counted as one of the greatest 100 country songs ever written, the songs writers were country legend Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings (who wrote My Heart Will Go On for Titanic and Celine Dion). Tims performance manages to express the seemingly opposite emotions of love, forgivness, loss, and hope all at once. This combined with some of the most memorable and touching lyrics I can recall ("the days keep coming without fail" is the most concise expression of how hard it is to go on without someone you love I have ever heard) make it a song for the ages and my all time favorite song.
McGraws strength (no one is better at it) has always been his ability not only to choose great songs, but choose songs he has not written and make them his own so much that its impossible to tell he did not write them. A Place in the Sun excels in this in some way you can't quite put your finger on...for some reason you FEEL the songs just a little bit more than on any of his other albums.
Whatever it is, A Place in the Sun, like most albums, is a moment captured in time and after 6 years of listening it makes sense that, of all the great albums Tim has put out, this is the one that won CMA Album of the Year-this moment was a particularly special one.
My favorite album from Tim McGraw
Jake Z | Canada | 04/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tim McGraw's 1999 album A PLACE IN THE SUN is my favorite album from the country superstar. The songs really resound with me, and I think it's very well done and put together. "Please Remember Me" is a chilling ballad he makes his own, Patty Loveless sounds great on background vocals. In fact, the ballads are really the strongest point of the album. Songs like "Somebody Must Be Prayin For Me", "You Don't Love Me Anymore", "Some Things Never Change", "Eyes of a Woman" and the title track take listeners through various emotions of a man. The uptempos are fun such as "My Next Thirty Years", "Something Like That", "Seventeen" and more. Overall a great album from Tim McGraw!"