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  • Audio CD (30 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: LONDON RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00005CEK8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cowboy In Me
2. Telleride
3. You Get Used To Somebody
4. Unbroken
5. Things Change
6. Angel Boy
7. Forget About Us
8. Take Me Away From Here
9. Smiling
10. Set This Circus Down
11. Angry All The Time
12. Let Me Love You
13. Grown Men Don't Cry
14. Why We Said Goodbye

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Tim McGraw Set This Circus Down

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Although Tim McGraw is a wildly successful country singer, Set This Circus Down could be best described as an easy-listening collection. Its 14 tracks are heavy on power ballads ("You Get Used to Somebody", "Take Me Away from Here", "Why We Said Goodbye") with soaring choruses and frothy sentiments but light on soulful substance. For variety, McGraw proves a dead-on Springsteen mimic with "Forget About You", dubiously links himself to Hank Williams and Elvis Presley with "Things Change" and crosses over toward Ricky Martin territory on the Spanish-tinged "Let Me Love You". His wife, Faith Hill, joins him on background vocals for the comparatively subtle "Angry All the Time". --Don McLeese

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
I had a lot of expectation for this album. Being a huge fan of country music, I wasn't going to settle for second best. Due to Tim Mcgraw's previous albums, the standards were high. I wanted the emotion of 'My best friend', the distinctive country sound of 'Don't take the girl', and above all something to make me swing just like, 'Where the Green Grass Grows'. The expectaion was high and the expectations were not let down. I wanted to be a critic of this album but I'm not sure I can be. For the traditionalists there's, 'Angry All the Time' and 'Grown Men Don't Cry'. For those who want to get a little carried away in the country beat look no further than 'Telluride'. However, it is in 'Angel Boy' that Mcgraw really makes his mark. This experimental piece laughs behind the backs of all who knock country turned pop. Daring production, magical guitar work, and a distinctive vocal dispense real, hard, raw talent. There may be a cloud hanging over Nashville with all the artists who dare to turn country into a mass-selling pop phenomena, but that cloud isn't Tim Mcgraw. 'Things Change' sings Tim, they most certainly do, so move out because Mcgraw's back!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan Child on 5 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
If someone had told me a year ago that in 2007 I'd be listening to a CD of 'country' music, I'd have said it was about as likely as developing a taste for the works of John Cage or the plays of Harold Pinter. Yet, here I am, about to write a rave review of a Tim McGraw album. I had no idea who he was until I stumbled upon his Greatest Hits II CD, purely by chance. Having listened to it obsessively, I decided to track down his other recordings. 'Set This Circus Down' is quite simply, a magnificent collection of songs, expertly delivered, by someone clearly at the peak of his vocal powers. Blessed with perfect diction, you can actually hear every word, of every song. This is extremely rare. Most pop, rock, country, stars could be singing selections from the Yellow Pages, for all the sense one can make of their incessant vocal acrobatics. Of course, in some cases, the lyrics are so bad, this may be intentional. Not on this CD. The lyrics clearly mean something, which is which is why Tim McGraw has actually taken the trouble to make sure we can hear them. Mr McGraw may not be a songwriter (or at least, not on this CD) but he clearly has an innate ability to recognise a good song when he hears one and has drawn on some of the best writers in the business for this album.

So what are the highlights? The whole thing kicks off with what sounds like an absolute classic to me - 'The Cowboy in Me' by Craig Wiseman, Jeffrey Steele and Al Anderson. Great tune, great lyrics - 'I got a life that most would love to have but sometimes I still wake up fightin' mad'. Marvellous stuff - you'll find yourself humming this when you least expect it. This is followed by 'Telluride' by Troy Verges and Brett James. This is perfect for playing very loudly as you bomb round the M25.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to 'Set This Circus Down' I'd never heard of Tim McGraw. After listening for the first time to this stunning album however I was soon scouring the net to find his other albums! As a big Joshua Kadison fan, I've always loved 'story songs' and there are plenty of such like here. Some have the power to make you feel reflective ('Cowboy In Me', 'Things Change' and the title track being especially good examples) some are difficult to listen to because they move you so much ('Forget About Us' and 'Grown Men Don't Cry') and others you can just relate to so easily ('I Guess You Get Used To Somebody' and 'Angry All The Time'). This whole album takes you on an emotional journey and, very soon you will find, becomes part of the soundtrack to your life. Now even I feel a little like a 'good old country boy'! BUY THIS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2002
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I was wondering if Tim could really come up with another great album following Everywhere and A Place in the Sun - but I love this CD. OK, so it's not traditional Country, but who cares, it hits all the emotions and it's great music. The only track I could take or leave is Let Me Love You - I like Tim McGraw doing New Country music not imitation Ricky Martin music.
This CD is a good buy.
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Every so often you hear an album that you know you'll want to play over and over again; this is one of them. Tim McGraw sits alongside Garth Brooks for me as those C&W singer/songwriters who create albums of very different sounding tracks that when played through properly (none of this Ipod skipping around) really hang together well. This has a couple of really thought-provoking tracks intertwined with some great C&W ballads. It's quite old now (c.2001 I think) but a great addition to any collection - keep it in the car as you'll enjoy it on a long journey...
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By C. J. Walker VINE VOICE on 29 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the first cd by Tim that I have purchased,reading previous reviews nade me give it a go and what a great album it is.I wouldn't say it is pure country but all the better for it.I love every track and that is a rariety.If you like your nusic with a country tinge then this is for you.I cannot recomend it enough.
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By Mr. A. S. Jones on 20 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
Fairly new to modern country and tim McGraw had really caught me with his superb live befor you die album so I thought I'd try a few others. This album is solid and consistent throughout without quite hitting the heights of his other albums I've heard. His brand new album being a definite recommendation by the way.
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