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Trying to Be Me is the only album by American country music singer Laura Bryna. It was released on January 22, 2008 via Equity Music Group. "Make a Wish", "Life Is Good" and "Hometown Heroes" were all released as singles.

Critical reception

Country Weekly gave the album two-and-a-half stars out of five, praising Bryna's voice but criticizing the album for containing "some of the most over-the-top tear-jerkers in recent memory."[1] Jacquilynne Schlesier of Country Standard Time similarly said that Bryna had "lots of character in the phrasing", but said "most of the lyrics sound like songs you've heard before."[2] PopMatters also criticized the album for "play[ing] a variety of obvious cards in her pursuit of country or pop audiences."[3]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Life Is Good"Billy Crain, Tammy Hyler, Liz Rose3:32
2."Maybe She Fell"Pat Bunch, Georgia Middleman4:15
3."Set It on Fire"Tony Mullins, Danny Wells3:36
4."Room 228"Victoria Banks3:08
5."Same Dog"Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler, Tony Martin3:06
6."Make a Wish"Laura Bryna, Jeff Batson, Roger Sarchet, Steven J. Williams3:31
7."Out the Window"Marv Green, Chris Lindsey, Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo3:21
8."640 Battlefield Dr."Bonnie Baker, Connie Harrington4:13
9."According to the Radio"Monty Powell, Keith Urban4:08
10."She Can't Save Him"Sherrié Austin, Will Rambeaux, Steven J. Williams4:20
11."No Man's Land"Kaci Bolls, Marty Dodson, Liz Hengber3:01
12."Smoke from a Bridge You Burned"Skip Ewing, Donny Kees3:46

Personnel

  • Bob Patin – Hammond organ, piano
  • Alison Prestwood – bass guitar
  • Angela Primm – background vocals
  • Michael Rhodes – bass guitar
  • Mike Rojas – Hammond organ, piano
  • Zach Runquist – cello, mandolin, violin
  • Mike Severs – acoustic guitar
  • Russell Terrell – background vocals
  • Ilya Toshinskybanjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin
  • Andrea Zonn – fiddle

References

  1. "Trying to Be Me review". Country Weekly. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  2. Schlesier, Jacquilynne. "Trying to Be Me review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  3. Heaton, Dave (10 March 2008). "Trying to Be Me review". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 

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