Lookin' For A Party kicks off the new album by Mark Chapman, living up to the album's title - LOUD. For the most part, that is not a bad thing. LOUD is the party album I feel has been simmering inside Mark for a long time. The tunes on this CD are directed at catching the ear of contemporary country radio.
Subsequent tunes such as Life Out On the Farm (a track all radio stations should be playing), Friday Night 'Round Here, 11:11, Big Time, You're Gonna Have That and Paradise all showcase the more contemporary vein Mark is opening up these days.
Where a majority of LOUD is meant to move Mark Chapman forward, he did not foresake the solid ballads I love most about his music. This Road I'm On, Uphill Both Ways are the story songs we can all identify with.
Overall, I think Mark accomplished what he set out to showcase in LOUD. With the exception of Big Time, which he produced in Nashville with producer, Michael Knox, Mark has written, produced and mixed LOUD together entirely on his own at home in southwest Missouri. The quality speaks to the understanding of how a song should sound and being in control of the product. While my preferences always lean towards a solid country song or ballad, I still appreciate an artist following their heart. That's where the best music comes from and Mark Chapman never loses sight of that as he pens lyrics and produces what should be hit after hit. Mark Chapman belongs on the radio and in the big time.
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