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Mark Chesnutt was one of country music's top stars in 1991-1994, a period when he scored five number one hits. In the subsequent five years, he cooled slightly, but still scattered eight Top Ten hits, the last of them being a chart-topping country version of the Diane Warren-penned Aerosmith hit, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," in 1999. He has struggled since then, and the failure of his 2000 album Lost in the Feeling led to the severing of a decade-long relationship with MCA Records. As the eponymous title of his Columbia Records debut indicates, he is attempting to start afresh, but he is doing so without changing much other than his label affiliation. He has picked 11 entries from the Nashville songwriting combine, hired the usual Nashville sidemen, and made an average country album. The release was preceded by several months by a single, "She Was," a sentimental ballad about a saintly mother, that hadn't made a lot of headway on the charts by the time the album was released. Its one-dimensional idea is fairly typical of mediocre country songwriting, and there's more of the same on the full-length disc, including "I'm in Love With a Married Woman" (the twist, of course, being that the married woman is the singer's own wife). Chesnutt turns comic on the album-opening litany of screwups, "Don't Know Why I Do It," and "My Dreams." But just as the sentimental songs aren't really that moving, the humorous ones aren't that funny. There are potential singles that turn up late on the disc, particularly the country-pop "I Want My Baby Back" and the romantic "I Drew Me." But Mark Chesnutt is a just-OK collection appearing at a time when the singer really needs to shake things up to get his career back on track.

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Below Par Effort

In 1992 Mark Chesnutt released "Longnecks and Short Stories," which is one of the best country albums of the 1990s. Ten Years later, in 2002, Mark released this boring collection. It contains the sentimental "She Was," and the beautifully sung "You'd Be Wrong," but nothing else of note. Particularly bad is "Im In Love with a Married Woman," a song that thinks its clever, but isn't. (The Married Woman is the Singer's wife, get it!) and "My Dreams," a novelty song about a man who dreams that he isn't wearing pants. Chesnutt has recorded great love songs (I Dont Want to Miss a Thing) and great novelty songs (Bubba Shot the Juke Box); the material here just doesn't stand up to his best work. Buy this only after you have his other CDs.

Big Fan

I love Mark he was my number one fave when I was in my teens and still is

Biography

Born: September 6, 1963 in Beaumont, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Neo-honky tonker Mark Chesnutt parlayed a solid grounding in classic country into chart-topping stardom during the '90s. Born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1963, Chesnutt grew up listening to his father's extensive country record collection (Bob Chesnutt had been a locally popular singer who never hit it big, and thus worked as a used-car salesman). Chesnutt learned both guitar and drums, and made his professional singing debut with his father's band at age 15 on the local club scene. He even dropped out...
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