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Here for the Party

An album by Gretchen Wilson

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Gretchen Wilson ~ dangerous, dirty & delectable

  • Jan 1, 2005
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Pros: Nice mix, good vocals, good music

Cons: >>>>>>>>

The Bottom Line: Thanks Gretchen for realizing we aren't all Barbie dolls

There are lots of things you can say about this chick and most of them would be good. Sure she’s nasty, gritty, and just a tad bit bad - and that’s wrong??? I don’t think so. She can belt out a song, and put out some pretty sweet videos too, she’s loud and in your face. She’s a woman and damn proud of it. In a nutshell, she’s the bad girl of country and she wants you to know it.

“I may not be a ten but the boys say I clean up good” ~
Here For The Party is the title of the CD and the lead song . It’s also a killer video. From the opening chords to the finish, this gal rocks and rocks hard. It’s a beer drinkin song to the core and fires up a crowd in a minute. Written by Wilson and Big & Rich it tells you from the start just what you are in for, a rockin good time and just a little bit naughty. Lots of loud music, definitely good sounds, and clear vocals make this a party favorite.

“Some people look down on me but I don’t give a rip” ~
Redneck Woman just about tells you what Wilson thinks of the whole dang world. She’s who she is and if you don’t like it well ya better move on cause she ain’t gonna change. Written by Wilson and John Rich, this little woman tells you, literally, what’s she’s all about - drinkin’, spittin’ and cussin’ ain’t above her. If there was ever a song that causes women to stand up and cheer, with a longneck in their hands, this is the song. It’s loud, it’s rockin’ and it’s a bar drinkin’ song. Good fun music, good fun words.

”Even when I’m tempted by some stranger” ~
When I Think About Cheatin, the third track, is about as opposite from the first two as salt is from pepper. Honey this is definitely a ‘my truck got wrecked and my old dog died’ type of song. A wonderful ballad written by Wilson, Rich & Vicky McGehee, it’s a beautiful song that tells of the temptations of life and how she walked away from them, for ‘the love of her man’. Actually this is probably one of my favorites on the CD along with the first two. Great video as well.

“Yeah you know what works and you work it hard” ~
Homewrecker is a dirty little tale about a gal that thinks she can step in and take another woman’s man. If it’s Wilson’s man she is looking at, I pity her. It’s another rocking song with some catchy lyrics. Written by Wilson, Rivers Rutherford & George Teren.

“I don’t need whiskey to drown out the pain” ~
Holdin You, another great ballad written by Wade Kirby & Thom McHugh. Not as slow as “Cheatin”, it has a soft rock sound but underneath it is a whiskey drinkin ballad. Wilson’s voice, smoky and gritty, makes you want to call up a lost love. Good vocals and guitar.

“When it’s all over but the shoutin” ~
Chariot is a little gospel with a twist, not exactly what you would call church music. Can’t say it is a favorite of mine but they can’t all be favorites can they? Written by Leslie Sanchez & John Caldwell.

“If it hadn’t been so good I wouldn’t feel so bad” ~
What Happened written by Bob Dipero, Tim Nichols, Al Anderson, & Bekka Bramlett, a ballad. Even though Wilson cuts ‘em up and puts ‘em down with her rockers, she has a great voice for a ballad. Another break up type song, as most country songs are. Makes you want to pull your stool up to the bar and open a bottle of Jack. A slow two-step type number, clear vocals, great sounds.

“When it rains I pour a couple more rounds” ~
When It Rains is rocky twangy. I’ve never been a fan of twangy but this has some good guitar sounds. Written by Wilson, Rich & McGehee. As soon as this tempo starts you want to say “Yehaw”, it’s that kinda beat. Another breakup, there’s drinkin involved. I liked the rocky tempo of this song and the words were kinda catchy. Some really great guitar work.

“And she turns to face the wall, there’s no love at all” ~
The Bed w/Big & Rich written by Rich, McGehee & Keith Anderson. A ballad, Wilson pours a lot of soul into this release. She’s really great with vocals on ballads, such a pure voice. Truthfully, can anything be more plaintive than a heartbreaking country ballad? Another great sound, good music, nice vocals.

“I’m the biggest thing that ever come from my hometown” ~
Pocahontas Proud written by Wilson, Rich, McGehee. I tried to like this one but I was reminded of “Fancy” a little two much. You know, poor girl hits it big and tries to show her old hometown just how big she is. Not bad music but I didn’t care for it. She can pound out a guitar though.

Overall, I like over half the CD, I love the videos I’ve seen for each one so far. You can’t beat a CD with 10 songs and you like over half of them. Being a great singer & guitar player isn't quite enough, she's a mean song writer as well.

A nice 11 page booklet enclosed which includes words to the songs, a few nasty but nice photos of Wilson and accolades to those that helped with the production. My apologies to those more knowledgeable about musical instruments if I’ve referred to something as a ’guitar’ and it is a bass or otherwise. If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, to me it is a duck.

“So here’s to all my sisters out there keeping it country
Let me get a big Hell yeah from the redneck girls like me

Hell Yeah!”


Words in quotation marks and bolded are from the CD and are not my own words.


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review by . April 04, 2005
posted in Music Matters
When "Redneck Woman" burst onto the scene, full of noise and pop, I thought to myself, "Here we go again. Nashville attempts to reignite the fire started by Garth over a decade ago." "Redneck Woman" and "Here For The Party" have plastic, radio-ready written all over them. Naturally, these songs took off with the masses and Ms. Wilson was instantly an "outlaw" performer. It made me sick. I thought we were going to have to sit through more fabricated fluff.    Fortunately, Wilson …
review by . February 19, 2005
Pros: Slickly produced, music, some lyrics.      Cons: GretchenÂ’s voice is not quite ready for prime time.     The Bottom Line: Final analysis: the mixture of good and bad tracks on Here For The Party makes a firm recommendation problematic.      In recalling the Grammy Award winners over the last several years, I have often wondered how exactly they (the committee) choose the winners. I mean, what is the criterion, what is the standard, …
review by . May 26, 2004
posted in Music Matters
I am not a fan of country music. It's just something I really haven't enjoyed listening to in the past. Every once in awhile I hear a country tune that I enjoy, but for the most part I don't like listening to that style of music. However, I grew up not too far from Pocahontas, Illinois and "Here For the Party" is one of the biggest things to happen in my old stomping grounds in a long time. So, I decided I would both support the local girl done good and find out what all the fuss is about. I was …
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Her mother was 16 when she had her, and her father moved on when she was two. By the age of 15, with a double-barrel shotgun always at the ready, she was managing a kicker bar in rural Illinois where the corn fields meet the pig farms. That gave Gretchen Wilson something to sing about, with attitude in spades. "You might think I'm trashy, a little too hardcore," she admits on the smash single "Redneck Woman," "but in my neck of the woods I'm just the girl next door." Wilson, already the toast of Nashville before this full-length debut hit the shelves, isn't just putting the trailer park back into country music--she's the antidote toShaniaandFaith. Nothing here sounds manufactured or studied, and the best songs are those she wrote. If most of those spotlight the fightin' side that has made "Redneck Woman" an anthem with blue-collar babes, she lets her vulnerability show on her choice of covers, particularly Leslie Satcher's gospel-rap of "Chariot" and the marital weeper "The Bed." Whatever you think of Wilson, who packs a hint ofSammi SmithandAllison Moorer--and evenJanis Joplin--into her double-fisted delivery, you won't forget her. Move over,Loretta. Make way,Tanya. Here's another good ol' honky-tonk girl.--Alanna Nash
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Label: Sony
Artist: Gretchen Wilson
Release Date: May 11, 2004

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