What You See Is What You Get (Luke Combs album)

What You See Is What You Get is the second studio album by American country music singer Luke Combs, released on November 8, 2019, through River House Artists and Columbia Nashville.[2] It includes all five songs previously featured on the 2019 EP The Prequel, including the singles "Beer Never Broke My Heart" and "Even Though I'm Leaving" in addition to the track "1, 2 Many" (a collaboration with Brooks & Dunn), the single "Does to Me", and later the promotional single "Six Feet Apart". Combs toured North America throughout the remainder of 2019 and was to headline the C2C: Country to Country festival in Europe in 2020 in promotion of the album, however the festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3][4] Six singles from the album, "Beer Never Broke My Heart", "Even Though I'm Leaving", "Does to Me", "Lovin' on You", "Better Together", and "Forever After All", reached number-one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

What You See Is What You Get
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 8, 2019 (2019-11-08)
GenreCountry
Length63:02
Label
ProducerLuke Combs (tracks 18–23)
Chip Matthews (tracks 18–23)
Scott Moffatt (tracks 1–17)[1]
Jonathan Singleton (tracks 19–23)
Luke Combs chronology
The Prequel
(2019)
What You See Is What You Get
(2019)
Singles from What You See Is What You Get
  1. "Beer Never Broke My Heart"
    Released: May 8, 2019
  2. "Even Though I'm Leaving"
    Released: September 9, 2019
  3. "Does to Me"
    Released: February 10, 2020
  4. "Lovin' on You"
    Released: June 22, 2020
  5. "Better Together"
    Released: October 12, 2020
  6. "Forever After All"
    Released: March 8, 2021
  7. "Cold as You"
    Released: July 19, 2021
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Exclaim!9/10[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]

BackgroundEdit

Combs said his intention with new track "1, 2 Many" was to "write a song that I felt like my '90s country music heroes would be proud of". It marks his second collaboration with Brooks & Dunn, with his first being a cover of their debut single "Brand New Man" on their album Reboot.[9]

"Six Feet Apart", a standalone song released on May 1, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, was later added to the end of the album's digital and streaming editions.[10][11]

On August 20, Combs announced that the album will be re-released as a deluxe album titled What You See Ain't Always What You Get on October 23, 2020, featuring "Six Feet Apart", as well as five new songs. The first of the new songs "Without You" was released as a single on September 18.

Commercial performanceEdit

What You See Is What You Get debuted atop the US Billboard 200 on the chart dated November 23, 2019, earning 172,000 album-equivalent units, including 109,000 pure album sales. In addition to becoming Combs' first US number-one album, it opened with the "largest week for a country album" since 2018, and became the biggest week in terms of streams for a country album on record.[12] The album has sold 350,000 copies in the United States as of March 2020,[13] with 1,000,000 units consumed in total.[14] After its reissue, on the chart dated November 7, 2020, the album returned to the top spot from number 21, selling 109,000 album-equivalent units. In the same week, the album broke the record for the most streams for a country record at 102.26 million streams. At 11 months and 15 days, What You See Is What You Get also became the first album since Bon Jovi's This House Is Not for Sale to return to number one after an extended wait.[15] It was among the top 10 albums of 2020, with 1.475 million equivalent album unit consumed (184,000 in pure sales) that year.[16]

The album also topped the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia, becoming Combs's first number-one album there.[17]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Beer Never Broke My Heart"3:07
2."Refrigerator Door"
  • Combs
  • Jordan Brooker
3:24
3."Even Though I'm Leaving"
3:45
4."Lovin' on You"
  • Combs
  • Thomas Archer
  • Fulcher
  • James McNair
3:15
5."Moon Over Mexico"
  • Combs
  • Fulcher
  • Dan Isbell
  • Singleton
3:25
6."1, 2 Many" (featuring Brooks & Dunn)
  • Combs
  • Isbell
  • Drew Parker
  • Tyler King
3:01
7."Blue Collar Boys"
  • Combs
  • Erik Dylan
  • Fulcher
  • Derrick Moody
3:40
8."New Every Day"
3:19
9."Reasons"
  • Combs
  • Fulcher
  • McNair
3:44
10."Every Little Bit Helps"
  • Combs
  • Chase McGill
  • McNair
4:08
11."Dear Today"
  • Combs
  • Dylan
  • Rob Snyder
3:40
12."What You See Is What You Get"
  • Combs
  • Barry Dean
  • Singleton
2:52
13."Does to Me" (featuring Eric Church)
  • Combs
  • Fulcher
  • Tyler Reeve
3:43
14."Angels Workin' Overtime"
  • Combs
  • Josh Phillips
  • Thompson
4:14
15."All Over Again"
  • Combs
  • Corey Crowder
  • Fulcher
3:29
16."Nothing Like You"
  • Combs
  • Parker
  • Robert Williford
3:16
17."Better Together"
  • Combs
  • Isbell
  • Montana
3:40
Total length:59:42
What You See Ain't Always What You Get (Disc Two tracks on physical version)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
18."Six Feet Apart"
3:20
19."Cold as You"
3:06
20."The Other Guy"
  • Combs
  • Williford
  • Brandon Kinney
3:10
21."My Kinda Folk"
  • Combs
  • Fulcher
  • Isbell
  • Jamie Davis
  • Dustin Nunley
4:27
22."Without You" (featuring Amanda Shires)
  • Combs
  • Durrette
  • Isbell
3:44
23."Forever After All"
  • Combs
  • Williford
  • Parker
3:52
Total length:80:01

PersonnelEdit

From What You See Is What You Get liner notes.[18]

Musicians

Technical

  • Luke Armentrout – mastering assistant
  • Nick Autry – engineering of Brooks & Dunn's vocals on "1, 2 Many"
  • Taylor Chadwick – mastering assistant
  • Jim Cooley – mixing (1–5, 7, 8–10, 12, 13, 15, 16)
  • Andrew Darby – mastering assistant
  • Dan Davis – engineering assistant
  • Bobbi Giel – mastering assistant
  • Mike Gillies – digital editing
  • Alex Gilson – engineering
  • Rob Hendon – cover artist
  • Travis Humbert – session cleanup
  • Mike Kyle – engineering of Brooks & Dunn's vocals on "1, 2 Many"
  • Kam Luchterhand – engineering assistant
  • Andrew Mendelson – mastering
  • Scott Moffatt – producer; mixing (6, 7, 14, 16, 17)
  • Seth Morton – engineering assistant
  • Jason Mott – engineering assistant
  • Allen Parker – engineering of Eric Church's vocals on "Does to Me"
  • Megan Peterson – mastering assistant
  • Joey Stanca – engineering assistant
  • Preston White – engineering assistant

What You See Ain't Always What You Get creditsEdit

From What You See Ain't Always What You Get (18-23) liner notes.[19]

Musicians

  • Luke Combs – lead vocals
  • Jim "Moose" Brown – organ, piano
  • Perry Coleman – background vocals
  • Jon Conley – acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo
  • Wes Hightower – background vocals
  • Steve Mackey – bass guitar
  • Chip Matthews – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, programming, background vocals
  • Rob McNelley – electric guitar
  • Gary Morse – pedal steel guitar
  • Sol Philcox-Littlefield – electric guitar
  • Danny Rader – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin
  • Jerry Roe – drums, percussion
  • Amanda Shires – fiddle on "Without You"
  • Jonathan Singleton – electric guitar, resonator guitar, bouzouki, background vocals
  • Russell Terrell – background vocals

Technical

  • Spencer Clark – recording assistant on "Six Feet Apart"
  • Luke Combs – producer
  • Jim Cooley – mixing (19, 21)
  • Justin Francis – recording assistant (19-23)
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Scott Johnson – production assistance
  • Chip Matthews – producer, recording, additional recording, digital editing, mixing (18, 20, 22, 23)
  • Jonathan Singleton – producer (19-23)

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[33]
for What You See Ain't Always What You Get
Platinum 70,000 
Canada (Music Canada)[34] 2× Platinum 160,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Silver 60,000 
United States (RIAA)[36] 2× Platinum 2,000,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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