Paisley's album debuts at No. 1

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 2:15pm
Staff reports

Brad Paisley's new album, American Saturday Night, which was released June 30, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. More than 129,000 copies sold during it's first week out.

Fueled by the tune "Then," — Paisley's record-setting 10th consecutive No. 1 single, which debuted three weeks ago — American Saturday Night is his fifth consecutive non-seasonal album to debut as the nation’s country best-seller.

The album features heartfelt homages to his wife (actress Kimberly Williams, best known for Father of the Bride roles), home and family in “The Pants” and “She’s Her Own Woman” as well as comedic, catchphrase works like “You Do the Math” and “Catch All the Fish,” which nicely balance the mood and reveal another aspect of the multi-faceted, skilled personality who’s become arguably country’s biggest star.

National media has taken notice, too. The Boston Globe lauded, “It’s hard to remember the last time a Top 40 country album was so relaxed and shuffling yet still powerfully resonant and intimate. And, The New York Times took special note of Paisley’s deft way with a lyric, praising, “The great pleasure in his songs is hearing them the first time: the titles tell you what the assignments are, and you’re not quite sure how he’s going to pull them off."