Sleepless Nights (Patty Loveless album)

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Sleepless Nights
Studio album by Patty Loveless
Released September 9, 2008
Genre Country
Length 43:01
Label Saguaro Road
Producer Emory Gordy, Jr.
Patty Loveless chronology
Dreamin' My Dreams
(2005)Dreamin' My Dreams2005
Sleepless Nights
Mountain Soul II
(2009)Mountain Soul II2009
Singles from Sleepless Nights
  1. "Why Baby Why"
    Released: September 2008

Sleepless Nights is the fifteenth album by American country music artist Patty Loveless. The album was released on September 9, 2008 (see 2008 in country music).[1] Her first album for the Sagauaro Road Records label, it is also her first studio album since Dreamin' My Dreams in 2005. Sleepless Nights comprises cover versions of traditional classic country music songs.[2] "Why Baby Why", a song originally recorded by George Jones which has also been a chart hit for several other artists, was released in September 2008 as the first single from the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
About.com4.5/5 stars[4]
Allmusic4/5 stars[5]
The Daily VaultA[7]
Mojo4/5 stars[3]
PopMatters7/10 stars[8]
Q3/5 stars[3]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[9]
Engine 1454/5 stars[10]

Allmusic critic Thom Jurek gave Sleepless Nights a four-star rating out of five, saying "Loveless takes each of these cuts deep into the well of her heart and let's [sic] them rip." Jurek also said that Emory Gordy, Jr., Loveless' husband and producer, "showers [the songs] in emotion and Loveless simply needs to open her mouth to tell the story behind the words to get it across to the listener, where it resonates deeply."[5]

Matt C., a critic for Engine 145, also gave the album a four-out-of-five rating. He described Sleepless Nights as "a thoroughly arresting listening experience, as Loveless lays twenty-first century gloss, if not sensibilities, on a few songs that haven’t been dusted off in quite some time." Although he criticized the album's lack of up-tempo songs and felt that some of the covers were "uncomfortable", he nonetheless commended Loveless for "find[ing] her wheelhouse on songs that are no-less classic but nonetheless haven’t achieved corner bar ubiquity", also saying "The success of these songs is equal testament to Loveless’ outstanding country voice and the timeless quality of the material she’s selected."[10]

Slant Magazine critic Jonathan Keefe also criticized the album for its lack up-tempo material, but gave it four-and-a-half stars out of five, saying "Loveless has offered another unqualified masterpiece with Sleepless Nights and reasserted her place as one of the premier artists not just of the country genre but of contemporary popular music."[9]

Sleepless Nights received a nomination for Best Country Album at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

Track listing[edit]


Track Song Title Writer(s) Original Artist Original Release Length
1 "Why Baby Why" Darrell Edwards, George Jones George Jones 1955 2:18
2 "The Pain of Loving You" Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton 1971 2:46
3 "He Thinks I Still Care" Dickey Lee George Jones 1962 2:59
4 "Sleepless Nights"
(featuring Vince Gill)
Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant Everly Brothers 1960 4:21
5 "Crazy Arms" Ralph Mooney, Chuck Seals Ray Price 1956 4:00
6 "There Stands the Glass" Audrey Greisham, Russ Hull, Mary Jean Shurtz Webb Pierce 1953 2:35
7 "That's All It Took"
(featuring Jedd Hughes)
Darrell Edwards, Carlos Grier, Jones George Jones & Gene Pitney 1966 2:35
8 "Color of the Blues" Jones, Lawton Williams George Jones 1958 3:06
9 "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" Cecil Null The Davis Sisters 1953 3:30
10 "Next in Line" Wayne Kemp, Curtis Wayne Conway Twitty 1968 3:06
11 "Don't Let Me Cross Over" Penny Jay Carl Butler and Pearl 1962 3:23
12 "Please Help Me I'm Falling" Hal Blair, Don Robertson Hank Locklin 1960 2:40
13 "There Goes My Everything" Dallas Frazier Jack Greene 1966 2:50
14 "Cold, Cold Heart" Hank Williams Hank Williams 1951 2:53
15* "We'll Sweep out the Ashes in the Morning" Joyce Ann Allsup Carl Butler & Pearl 1969 3:14
16* "If Teardrops Were Pennies" Carl Butler Carl Smith 1951 2:38

.* Bonus Track, only available via download[12]


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 13
U.S. Billboard 200 86


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