Man Ain't Made of Stone

Man Ain't Made of Stone

by Randy Travis
     
 

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Few men in country music history have been able to put a ballad across with more feeling than Randy Travis. So A MAN AIN'T MADE OF STONE begins on an unexpected note with the funky "A Little Bitty Crack In Her Heart." But true to form, it's the ballads that set it apart from the rest of the pack. Travis does a good job of getting loosey-goosey when he has to, but… See more details below

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Few men in country music history have been able to put a ballad across with more feeling than Randy Travis. So A MAN AIN'T MADE OF STONE begins on an unexpected note with the funky "A Little Bitty Crack In Her Heart." But true to form, it's the ballads that set it apart from the rest of the pack. Travis does a good job of getting loosey-goosey when he has to, but when he settles his soothing baritone and impeccable phrasing into a heartfelt narrative such as the title track, he opens up new worlds in the simple stories he trades on. The songs are full of plainspoken wisdom (lessons from "The Family Bible and the Farmer's Almanac") and a reverence for home and hearth. Of course no RT album would be complete without a good heartbreak song, and "A Heartache in the Works" is one of the better ones he's cut in recent years, an understated detailing of a love affair's quiet disintegration. Exemplary work all around by one of country's most reliable artists, and a good guy to boot.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Randy Travis has always been a traditionalist, which was fine in the late '80s, when he brought straight-up, hardcore country back into the charts, but a decade later, he was out of step with the charts. After spending his career at Warner, he switched to DreamWorks, adopting a new production team (James Stroud and Byron Gallimore) along the way. Ironically, You and You Alone, his 1998 debut for the label, wasn't up to the standard of Full Circle, his last for Warner, and A Man Ain't Made of Stone, his second effort for DreamWorks, isn't either. Much like its predecessor, A Man is a sturdy, solid affair that takes a couple of chances that don't quite work, while offering several good, no-frills traditionalist numbers. All those are packed toward the front end of the album, and by the sixth song, "No Reason to Change," the record feels like a modest latter-day masterstroke. Things go a little haywire on the second half, beginning with "Where Can I Surrender," a turgid ballad with a gospel choir supporting him. From that point on, Travis isn't on secure ground, as even promising numbers are undone by weird quirks: the enjoyable rocker "I'll Be Right Here Loving You" is undone by a chanted litany of modern conveniences/hassles in the verse, "Once You've Heard the Truth" takes a weirdly anthemic turn in the chorus. Travis retains his dignity throughout it all, and the record is redeemed by the nice closer "Thirteen Mile Goodbye," but by that point, A Man Ain't Made of Stone has revealed itself as nothing new, simply a solid Randy Travis record. Much of it sounds fine, but it doesn't have the character of his earlier records, which proves that it's possible to stay traditionalist and still be memorable.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
Label:
Dreamworks
UPC:
0600445011922
catalogNumber:
50119

Tracks

  1. A Little Bitty Crack in Her Heart  - Randy Travis
  2. A Little Left of Center  - Randy Travis
  3. A Man Ain't Made of Stone  - Randy Travis
  4. The Family Bible and the Farmer's Almanac  - Randy Travis
  5. A Heartache in the Works  - Randy Travis
  6. No Reason to Change  - Randy Travis
  7. Where Can I Surrender  - Randy Travis
  8. I'll Be Right Here Loving You  - Randy Travis
  9. Once You've Heard the Truth  - Randy Travis
  10. In a Heart Like Mine  - Randy Travis
  11. Day One  - Randy Travis
  12. Thirteen Mile Goodbye  - Randy Travis

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Travis   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Piano,Keyboards
Carol Chase   Background Vocals
Cindy Walker   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Paul Leim   Drums
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Tabitha Fair   Background Vocals
Gary W. Smith   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Black   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Randy Travis   Producer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Julian King   Engineer
Glenn Meadows   Contributor
Tim Stroh   Engineer
James Stroud   Producer
Richard Hanson   Engineer
Ricky Cobble   Engineer
Eric Fruits   Engineer
Elizabeth Travis   Art Direction

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