Cry (Faith Hill album)
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|Released||October 15, 2002|
|Label||Warner Bros. Nashville|
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|Singles from Cry|
Cry is the fifth studio album by American country music singer Faith Hill. It was released October 15, 2002, via Warner Bros. Nashville. The album was Hill's attempt at a crossover album, following singles like "Breathe", "The Way You Love Me", and "There You'll Be". Hill co-produced the album along with Marti Frederiksen, Byron Gallimore, and Dann Huff.
Despite the album being a crossover, it was Hill's first album to not spawn a number one hit, let alone a top ten hit, on the country charts. Its lead, the title track, peaked only at number 12 at country radio; it however was a success on adult contemporary, spending 11 weeks atop that chart; it was a modest success internationally. "One" was not released to country radio but peaked at number seven on the adult contemporary charts. "When the Lights Go Down" and "You're Still Here" were released to country radio but failed to even crack the top twenty. "Baby You Belong" was exclusively released to Japan.
Upon release, Cry was met with mixed reviews, with critics divided on the lack of country influences. Despite that though, the album sold over 472,000 copies in its first week in the US and topped both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts. The album went on to sell 4 million copies worldwide and has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA. Hill has defended the polarizing creative direction of Cry, telling Billboard that "it was definitely a different record," but that she is still "so proud of [the album]." Cry was ranked at number 179 on the Billboard Top 200 albums of the 2000s decade. At the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Best Country Album, and won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for its title track, "Cry".
Cry is led off by its title track, written by Angie Aparo. This song reached number 12 on the country singles charts, the lowest country peak she has achieved with a lead-off single. "When the Lights Go Down" and "You're Still Here" were also released to country radio, peaking at number 26 and number 28 respectively. "One" did not chart on the country singles charts, although it was a number 7 adult contemporary hit. "Baby You Belong" was only released as a single in Japan, but was used as the theme song for the 2002 film Lilo & Stitch. The song's music video features clips from the film. The album was produced primarily by Byron Gallimore and Dann Huff, who also worked on 1999's Breathe, with additional production from Hill and Marti Frederiksen.
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Cry received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59, based on 8 reviews. Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly praised Hill for taking stylistic risks but conceded that the album "invites some of the criticism that will inevitably come its way." Billboard wrote that "Cry is a confident effort, with Hill laying claim as queen of" pop-country, however the magazine also described the songs as "sometimes bland" and "repetitive." AllMusic writer Robert L. Doerschuk was ambivalent towards the album's production, writing that "her established skills as a song interpreter are lost in all this sturm und drang and her voice, while undeniably powerful at its peak, doesn't have the range that allows most singers in this style... to at least milk the material."
Rolling Stone found the album to be "contrived" and impersonal, with Barry Walters writing, "[Hill is] an expert in the yelps and sighs that signify pop passion, and what she lacks in personality she makes up for with power, professionalism and unfailing hooks." Robert Hillburn of the Los Angeles Times was particularly critical, rating the album one-and-a-half stars out of four. "The songs ... are mediocre," he writes, "her vocals are rarely convincing, and the arrangements are ham-fisted."
In a piece commemorating Cry's tenth anniversary, Billy Dukes of Taste of Country theorized that the polarizing opinions on the album were a result of the "building tension" at the time between country "purists" and fans of the contemporary pop influences.
Cry debuted at number one on both the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the all-genre Billboard 200 chart dated November 2, 2002. The album sold over 472,000 copies in its first week, marking the highest first week sales of Hill's career and also setting a new record for the largest first-week sales figure by a solo female country artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991; the record was later broken just a few weeks later when fellow country singer Shania Twain would debuted at number one with over 867,000 copies sold first week for her 2002 album Up!. It would only spend one week at number one on the Billboard 200 and only spent 39 weeks total, Hill's second shortest chart run with a solo album. On the country charts, it would spend three non-consecutive weeks at number one and overall 63 weeks on the chart to date; Cry is one of only two of Hill's solo albums to not spend at least 100 weeks on the country charts.
|1.||"Free"||Annie Roboff, Beth Nielsen Chapman||4:38|
|3.||"One"||Roboff, Bekka Bramlett, Billy Burnette||5:20|
|4.||"When the Lights Go Down"||Rivers Rutherford, Jeffrey Steele, Craig Wiseman||4:05|
|5.||"Beautiful"||Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Shaye Smith||4:41|
|6.||"Unsaveable"||Bramlett, Bobby Terry||3:51|
|7.||"Baby You Belong"||Keith Follesé, Wade Kirby, Bill Luther||4:08|
|8.||"If You're Gonna Fly Away"||Alecia Moore, Linda Perry||3:48|
|9.||"Stronger"||Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges||4:13|
|10.||"If This Is the End"||Steve McEwan||4:55|
|11.||"This Is Me"||H. Lindsey, Verges||5:04|
|12.||"Back to You"||Derek Bramble, Lindy Robbins||4:35|
|13.||"I Think I Will"||Steve Robson, Anthony Smith||4:08|
|14.||"You're Still Here"||Matraca Berg, Aimee Mayo||3:19|
|15.||"Wicked" (Japanese bonus track)||McEwan||4:04|
- Performance credits
- Music credits
- Tim Akers – keyboard
- Rick Baptist – trumpet
- Bob Becker – viola
- Charlie Bisharat – violin
- Bekka Bramlett – tambourine
- Denyse Buffum – viola
- Paul Bushnell – bass
- Eve Butler – violin
- David Campbell – arranger, conductor
- Darius Campo – violin
- Matt Chamberlain – drums
- Susan Chatman – violin
- Jeff Cobble – lead guitar
- Vinnie Colaiuta – drums, tambourine
- Larry Corbett – cello
- Jim Cox – piano, Hammond organ
- Eric Darken – percussion
- Mario deLeon – violin
- Joel Derouin – violin, concert master
- Erika Duke – cello
- Bruce Dukov – violin
- Earl Dumler – oboe
- Stephen Erdody – cello
- Stefanie Fife – cello
- Marti Frederiksen – acoustic guitar, percussion, electric guitar
- John Fumo – trumpet
- Matt Funes – viola
- Byron Gallimore – electric guitar, clavinet, sampling, slide guitar, drum loop, sampled keyboards, synthesizer accordion
- Armen Garabedian – violin
- Berj Garabedian – violin
- Endre Granat – violin
- Lynn Grants – viola
- Maurice Grants – cello
- John Hayhurst – viola
- Dan Higgins – tenor saxophone
- Jim Hoke – autoharp
- Jim Horn – tenor saxophone
- Dann Huff – guitar
- Damon Johnson – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar
- Suzie Katayama – cello, conductor, string conductor
- Peter Kent – violin
- Michael Landau – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
- Sam Levine – tenor saxophone
- Dane Little – cello
- Diane Little – cello
- Erik Lutkins – drum loop
- Michael Markman – violin
- Miguel Martinez – cello
- Robert Matsuda – violin
- Chris McHugh – drums
- Jerry McPherson – guitar
- Doug Moffett – baritone saxophone
- Jamie Muhoberac – organ, keyboard, Wurlitzer
- Carole Mukogawa – viola
- Steve Nathan – keyboard
- Maria Newman – violin
- Sid Page – violin
- Toss Panos – drums
- Sara Parkins – violin
- Dean Parks – acoustic guitar, gut-string guitar
- Joel Peskin – baritone saxophone
- Bob Peterson – violin
- Tim Pierce – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
- Kazi Pitelka – viola
- Karie Prescott – viola
- Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone
- Michele Richards – violin
- Steve Richards – cello
- Mark Robertson – violin
- Annie Roboff – drum loop
- Matt Rollings – piano
- Haim Shtrum – violin
- Leland Sklar – bass
- Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass
- Dan Smith – cello
- Rudy Stein – cello
- David Stenske – violin
- Michael Hart Thompson – guitar
- Mari Tsumura – violin
- Josephina Vergara – violin
- Evan Wilson – viola
- John Wittenberg – violin
- Margaret Wooten – violin
- Cynthia Wyatt – harp
- Jonathan Yudkin – mandolin, cello, bazouki
- Production credits
- Producer: Faith Hill, Marti Frederiksen, Byron Gallimore, Dann Huff, David May
- Engineers: Jeff Balding, Jeremy Blair, Steve Churchyard, Ricky Cobble, Dennis Davis, Allen Ditto, Jason Gantt, Mark Hagen, Julian King, Erik Lutkins, Michael McCoy, Brian Paturalski
- Mixing: Serban Ghenea, Mick Guzauski, Tom Lord-Alge, Mark O'Donoughue, Tim Palmer, Andy Wallace
- Mixing assistant: Tim Roberts
- Remixing: Elliot Scheiner
- Mastering: Robert Hadley, Tom Lord-Alge, Bob Ludwig, Doug Sax
- A&R: Jeffrey Aldrich, Danny Kee
- Assistants: Jeff Balding, Tom Bender, Greg Burns, Eric Gallimore, Jed Hackett, Femio Hernández, Judy Kirschner, Brett Patrick, Dennis Rivadeneira, Tim Roberts, Jaime Sickora, Steve Sisco, Matt Snedecor, Dann Thompson, Alex Uychocde, Patrick Woodward, Mike Zinczenko
- Digital editing: Ricky Cobble, Dennis Davis, Marti Frederiksen, Jason Gantt, Erik Lutkins, Chris Rowe, Josh Wilbur
- Authoring: Spencer Chrislu, David Dieckmann
- Production coordination: Ann Callis, Mike "Frog" Griffith
- Drum programming: Vinnie Colaiuta, Frank Macek
- Keyboard programming: Eric Carter
- Programming: Dann Huff, David Lyndon Huff, Chris McHugh, Tedd Tjornhom
- Overdubs: Byron Gallimore
- Sequencing: Byron Gallimore
- String arrangements: Paul Buckmaster, David Campbell, Jim Cox
- Orchestra manager: Suzie Katayama
- Visual and imagery
- Art administration: Sandra Westerman
- Graphic coordinator: Raena Winscott
- Librarian: David Horn
- Hair stylist: Serge Normant
Year end charts
Decade end charts
Certifications and sales
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
|2002||"Cry"||Best Female Country Vocal Performance|
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