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Album Review

Tim McGraw's first studio album on Curb Records after the multi-platinum success of A Place in the Sun delivers a more diverse selection in its 14 tunes with longtime producers Byron Gallimore and James Stroud. From the energetic honky tonk sound of "Forget About Us," to the upbeat tempo of "Telluride" to the Latin-laced "Let Me Love You," McGraw masterfully and consistently flows from one sound style to the next. Yet his familiar country-pop sound remains evident throughout, especially on the title track, a song about a fast-paced couple yearning to kick back and relax in the country (no one said the themes would be original). Sung with such confidence, one might believe it's a self-imposed goal set by McGraw. Just as convincing are the heartfelt ballads of "The Cowboy in Me" and "You Get Used to Somebody,"and "Angel Boy." McGraw's wife, Faith Hill, contributes subtle harmonic vocals on the emotionally compelling "Angry All the Time," written by maverick Americana outsider Bruce Robison. It portrays a relationship gone sour; a tune that was added to the set list no doubt to digress from his usual slate of love songs. Although the sentimental "Grown Men Don't Cry," written by Steve Seskin and Tommy Douglas, was the first official release from the album, McGraw's uplifting performance of "Things Change" at the Country Music Awards mysteriously found its way onto Napster first. Subsequently, the album track hit the country radio airwaves, where it received not only air play, but enthusiastic response form listeners and helped to push the sales of the album even higher. McGraw's aggressive approach to Set This Circus Down makes it one of his finest efforts. ~ Deborah Wong & Thom Jurek, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Set This Circus Down

This is the best album Tim McGraw has put out to date. If you never listen to a Tim Mcgraw CD, you must start with this one!

Great Album

I love these songs! "Unbroken" is probably one of Tim McGraw's best songs ever!

Arguably the best country album this side of Texas

After only two months of being a Tim McGraw fan, what little knowledge of his music I had, I bought this album having no idea that it would change my life. Well, first of all, I have a place near Telluride, and so to me, the song "Telluride" really takes me home. From the hard-rockin' sound of Unbroken and Angel Boy, to the hardcore country sound of Set This Circus Down, or Forget About, to soft, slower cuts like Take Me Away From Here, and even to a Tex-Mex feel inn Let Me Love You, I would say this is definitley Tim McGraws best albums, arguably the best country album. Period.


Born: May 1, 1967 in Delhi, LA

Genre: Country

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

When Tim McGraw debuted in the early '90s, few would have predicted that he would eventually take over Garth Brooks' position as the most popular male singer in country music. Yet that's exactly what he did, thanks to a string of multi-platinum albums, a high-profile marriage to fellow superstar Faith Hill, and Brooks' own inevitable decline. His sound epitomized the strain of commercial country that dominated his era: updated honky tonk and Southern-fried country-rock on the uptempo tunes, well-polished,...
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