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Another Way to Go
     

Another Way to Go

by Radney Foster
 
Radney Foster has built a career on reliably delivering soaring melodies, memorable hooks, infectious grooves, and passionate and timely lyrics. On Another Way to Go, his first studio album in four years, he affirms his legacy and in fact bumps up his strengths a few notches with his most penetrating batch of original songs yet. The sturdy, thumping rhythms

Overview

Radney Foster has built a career on reliably delivering soaring melodies, memorable hooks, infectious grooves, and passionate and timely lyrics. On Another Way to Go, his first studio album in four years, he affirms his legacy and in fact bumps up his strengths a few notches with his most penetrating batch of original songs yet. The sturdy, thumping rhythms powering "Everyday Angel" prove perfect for his poignant studies of common folk doing good deeds -- the somber final verse about a firefighter who answered the World Trade Center alarm and never returned is at once thoughtful and triumphant, ranking among the best 9/11 tributes. Never too far from rock in anything he does, Foster kicks out the jams on "Tired of Pretending," a ferocious, Steve Earle-like diatribe, and channels the Rolling Stones on the rowdy roadhouse rocker "What It Is That You Do," marked by serpentine guitar commentaries and some bold sax honking. And when it comes to speaking to the moment, Foster delivers one big beauty on "Scary Old World," co-written with the late Harlan Howard, a languid, traditional country meditation on love as salvation in the midst of ongoing horrors. Chely Wright pitches in with a tender, bracing vocal, and the song ends up feeling like the soothing balm it surely was meant to be. It was one of Howard's last songs, and a more fitting finish to a towering career one couldn't imagine.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Backed by a band of Nashville stalwarts, Foster ends a four-year studio layoff with this set. There's nearly as much R&B as country here, with echoes of Van Morrison in the full organ chords, soulful guitar licks, and idiomatic chord progressions; all this, along with certain aspects of Foster's timbre, nods toward Moondance on "Again" and "Sure Feels Right," and especially in the sax harmonies of "What It Is That You Do." References to the Twin Towers disaster were practically mandatory in 2002, and Foster delivers his on "Everyday Angel," though by restricting it to the last verse he emphasizes that goodness needn't wait for tragedy to come knocking. Less-specific references to timely terrors crop up in "Scary Old World," whose rugged eloquence betrays the influence of co-writer Harlan Howard. The rest of the album generally shuffles through the heartbreak deck and comes up with a good but less-than-unbeatable hand. ("If love is what you want, I got what you need," Foster declaims on "I Got What You Need," as if this line could actually get results.) Three tracks do break from the norm: "Tired of Pretending," which argues that pretense is bad; "What Are We Doing Here Tonight," whose rhetorical structure follows a similar theme in a more thoughtful way (at least until the anticlimactic admission, "I guess what I'm saying is, I really like your style"); and "Just Sit Still," a rumination on the virtues of slowing down, taking a deep breath, and not getting upset over money, traffic jams, pop album reviews, and other nitpickeries.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2002
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020112827
catalogNumber:
1128

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Performance Credits

Radney Foster   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Barbara Lamb   Fiddle
John Catchings   Cello
Tony Harrell   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Jim Hoke   Saxophone
Mike McAdam   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Larry Paxton   Bass,Upright Bass
Kim Richey   Background Vocals
Chely Wright   Vocals
Craig Duncan and the Smoky Mountain Band   Hammered Dulcimer
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Andy Thompson   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Pete Finney   Steel Guitar
Matt Thompson   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Joe Pisapia   Electric Guitar
Melinda Doolittle   Background Vocals
Georgia Middleman   Background Vocals
Casey Wood   Percussion
James Paulich   Background Vocals
Christy Hathcock   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Radney Foster   Producer,Engineer
Darrell Brown   Vocal Arrangements
Chuck Linder   Engineer
King Williams   Engineer
Casey Wood   Engineer

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