℗ 1999 Arista Records, Inc.
Who Needs Pictures Tracklist:
This cd has been one of my favorites in my collection since I first got it for my birthday back in 2000. To me, it's still some of Brad's best work to date. I loved "Who Needs Pictures," his very first single, since the first time hearing it on the radio. It's a great twist on the "someone's left somebody" song, and I love the emotion in his voice here. Then came "He Didn't Have To Be" which to this day, still gives me chills and gets me teary eyed when I hear it. These two songs convinced me I really needed to get this album, and I'm sure glad I did! Besides those classic first two singles, it also includes "We Danced" which I believe really broke him through in the business and is another classic Paisley hit. And also "Me Neither" was the first time we saw the humorous side of Brad and is a great upbeat tune where he and the other musicians show off their skills in the end. The rest of the album is just as good as the singles. It's actually quite a variety of traditional country styles. There's the fun upbeat summer romp in "Long Sermon." There's western swing in another humorous novelty tune "It Never Would've Worked Out Anyway." And then there's an old fashioned honky tonk shuffle with "Sleepin' On The Foldout." "Holdin' On To You" is another great heartbreak ballad and another favorite. "I've Been Better" has sort of an island feel to it, and "Don't Breathe" sounds a lot like the kind of upbeat song Alan Jackson or Paul Overstreet would've done in the early 90's. Then there's another one of my personal favorites: "Cloud Of Dust." It's just a great song about the struggles of a West Texas farmer, and it features some lovely fiddle playing. He closes the album with a traditional gospel tune "In The Garden" which is also beautiful. I'd love to see him release another album that's as consistent as this and his second album, Part II.
I'll rate all of these on a scale from 1 - 10... Long Sermon: 8 Me Neither: 10 Who Needs Pictures: 7 Don't Breathe: 7 He Didn't Have To Be: 8 It Never Woulda Worked Out Anyway: 6 Holdin' On To You: 6 I've Been Better: 6 We Danced: 9 Sleepin' On The Foldout: 8 Cloud of Dust: 7 The Nervous Breakdown: 8 In The Garden: 6 This really is a beautiful album. Please buy it!
Brad is an all around amzing musician.... great writer, singer, guitarist, entertainer. he's one of the best around. my favorite! this album is a great debut album to show off his talent