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Brad Paisley - Time Well Wasted
Album review by Cheryl Harvey Hill
Photo: Jim Shea

Before we get to my review of this album I wanted to let our readers know that Time Well Wasted is being promoted in a most unique way. Various retailers are offering bonus features if you purchase the album from them and no two are the same. For example, if you purchase the album from Target, you will get a CD with an additional four tracks and if you purchase the CD at Wal-Mart, it comes bundled with a separate DVD that includes five videos and eight minutes of behind the scenes' footage. There is also an offer from Best Buy but, from what I could determine, you were required to pay an additional fee to get the bonus from them. Regardless of where you purchase the CD, you are certain to get your moneys worth. Even without any bonuses, you still get sixteen entertaining songs; well, fifteen plus 48 seconds of another and a bonus track or two, three or more, depending on how you see it ... but I'll get to that in a moment.

A perfect diamond is rated by "three C's;" color, cut and clarity. If you were to rate Brad Paisley by "three C's," they would most likely be charming, charismatic and comical. When you combine those traits with singer, songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire, you can pretty much guarantee Paisley an encore success to his double platinum Mud on the Tires.

On Time Well Wasted, his fourth album for Arista Nashville, Paisley clearly demonstrates that his previous four number one hits, nine consecutive top five singles and more than five million albums sold, were well deserved. The first single released from this album, "Alcohol," is the fastest rising chart single of his career and one of the nine songs Paisley had a hand in writing for this CD and one of only two written solely by him for this project ("Easy Money" is the other).

He is as well-known for his comical videos; "I'm Going to Miss Her (the fishing song)" and "Celebrity," which poked fun at fame and reality television, as he is for his singing. Those who know him well say that the videos accurately portray an artist who never takes himself too seriously. That type of humility, coupled with his incredible talent, has earned him the respect and admiration of, not just his fans but his peers, and this is clearly evident when you see who makes guest appearances on a few of the songs on this album.  

With fifteen actual tracks, the album offers a diverse selection and some special treats. Alan Jackson joins Paisley on "Out in the Parkin' Lot" and Dolly Parton sings along on "When I Get Where I'm going." On "Time Warp," solely instrumental, I'm pretty sure that is Paisley showing off his excellent guitar playing skills. On track eleven, "The Uncloudy Day," I'm not sure what is happening there. The song lasts about 45 seconds before it fades out. I thought my CD was skipping or sticking but, nope, that is all there is to that track so no need to take your CD player to the shop. I think Brad, forever the prankster, is just messin' with us to see if we are paying attention.

The album ends (sort of) with "Cornography," well I'm not really sure what that's all about but it is George Jones, Little Jimmy Dickins, Dolly Parton, James Burton and Bill Anderson on this "bonus track." After track sixteen there is track seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty and twenty-one. None of them are longer than thirty-five seconds and seem to be out-takes from sixteen; I'll let you decide for yourselves what that's all about. Personally, I think Brad is just messin' with us again.

The only thing that bothered me about this album was the liner notes/CD insert. Why bother to put all the lyrics and other information on the CD insert if you are going to use such small print, and a nearly illegible font, that it can't be read without using a magnifying glass? And when it came to the "thank you" part of the insert, well, when you take the CD out of the case, you'll see what I mean ... but, Brad, here's a special note for you,
"I  didn't know there was such a small font."

All kidding, aside, pop this CD in the player and escape this crazy world for a while. I'm sure you will agree that is was Time Well Wasted.

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Brad Paisley - Time Well Wasted track listing.

1. The World
2. Alcohol
3. Waitin’ On A Woman
4. I’ll Take You Back
5. She’s Everything
6. You Need A Man Around Here
7. Out In The Parkin’ Lot (with Alan Jackson)
8. Rainin’ You
9. Flowers
10. Love Is Never-Ending
11. The Uncloudy Day
12. When I Get Where I’m Going (Featuring Dolly Parton)
13. Easy Money
14. Time Warp
15. Time Well Wasted
16. Cornography (featuring James Burton & the Kung Pao Buckaroos)

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Wow! What a great CD. Brad just keeps getting better and better all the time. What an extraordinary song writer and guitar player. Each song is great and has a special meaning. Whenever I need a "pick me up" and/or need to hear a touching song, I know I can always pop one of Brad's CD's in, and this one is no exception. Thanks Brad, for being such a great entertainer and bringing so much enjoyment to people. This CD proves it once again!
~Freda - Michigan, USA

This CD is very well put together. I have listen to it over and over for hours. The songs I like besides his single is "She's Everything" the song he wrote for Kimberly and "Easy Money" the one about them going on tour in a bus. I know his wife Kimberly personally and she is a wonderful person to have Brad. 
#1 Fan, Supporter and Friend,
~Ronda

I thought it couldn´t get any better after "mud on the tires". The new album is absolutely great, having Dolly Parton and Alan Jackson on there is a plus. The Buckaroos are funny as ever. I do not regret getting this album. Keep up the good work Brad !
~Mike in Munich, Germany.

I just got the new Paisley CD and it’s awesome! It has a lot of great songs and I love the Cornography at the end!
~Michelle 

 

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