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Welder (album)

Welder is the fifth studio album by American country musician Elizabeth Cook. It was produced by Don Was and released on May 11, 2010 on 31 Tigers Records. The album's title is a reference to Cook's father's former occupation as a welder.[1] Artists performing on the album include Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell, Bones Hillman, and Cook's husband Tim Carroll.[2] Welder was Cook's final album before she was forced to attend rehab for drug addiction and an eating disorder following the collapse of her marriage and death of six family members. Cook would not release another studio album until 2017.[3]

Welder (Elizabeth Cook album).jpg
Studio album by Elizabeth Cook
Released May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)
Genre Americana, Country
Length 43:12
Label 31 Tigers
Producer Don Was
Elizabeth Cook chronology
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Critical receptionEdit

Welder received mainly favorable reviews from critics, and was ranked the 23rd best album of 2010 (out of 30) by Rolling Stone.[4]

Welder was nominated for the Album of the Year award and Song of the Year (for El Camino) at the 2011 Americana Awards and Elizabeth Cook was also nominated for Artist of the Year because of the album.

The Washington Post described the album as Cook's best yet, because it was "rawer [than her previous four albums] in all the best senses of that word."[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [6]
The Guardian     [9]
PopMatters          [8]
Robert ChristgauA[10]

Track listingEdit

1."All the Time"Elizabeth Cook2:53
2."El Camino"E. Cook2:43
3."Not California"Gary Maurer, Dan Messe3:52
4."Heroin Addict Sister"E. Cook4:01
5."Yes to Booty"E. Cook2:04
6."Blackland Farmer"Frankie Miller2:35
7."Girlfriend Tonight"E. Cook3:09
8."Rock N Roll Man"E. Cook3:11
9."Mama's Funeral"E. Cook4:00
10."I'm Beginning to Forget"Joyce Cook3:08
11."Snake in the Bed"E. Cook2:05
12."Follow You Like Smoke"Tim Carroll3:35
13."I'll Never Know"E. Cook, Jim McBride, Jerry Salley2:51
14."'Til Then"Carroll3:05


Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2010) Peak
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[11] 43
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[12] 23


  1. ^ Tucker, Ken (3 June 2010). "Elizabeth Cook: Transcending A Cult Career". NPR. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Mueller, Andrew (2010). "Elizabeth Cook Welder Review". BBC. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Cook on Rehab, David Letterman and New Album". 
  4. ^ "30 Best Albums of 2010: Elizabeth Cook, Welder". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (7 May 2010). "CD review: Elizabeth Cook's 'Welder'". Washington Post. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Allen, James. "Welder Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Dovey, Rachel (13 May 2010). "Elizabeth Cook: Welder". Paste. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Leftridge, Steve (12 May 2010). "Elizabeth Cook: Welder". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Denselow, Robin (6 May 2010). "Elizabeth Cook: Welder". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (2010-06-01). "Consumer Guide: June 2010". MSN Music. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  11. ^ "Elizabeth Cook Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Elizabeth Cook Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.