Around the Bend

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Around the Bend is Randy Travis' first secular album in nearly a decade, but he was hardly inactive in the years following 1999's A Man Ain't Made of Stone. After that record, Travis settled into a gospel career, which wasn't surprising as sacred music was never far from his heart to begin with. This extended sojourn was fruitful, producing a series of good, heartfelt records, yet they also had a nice side effect of putting commercialism way on the back burner, as the gospel albums were made without the charts in mind. The same thing can be said about Around the Bend, as it stands apart from trends, not defiantly but comfortably. This doesn't quite mean that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Around the Bend is Randy Travis' first secular album in nearly a decade, but he was hardly inactive in the years following 1999's A Man Ain't Made of Stone. After that record, Travis settled into a gospel career, which wasn't surprising as sacred music was never far from his heart to begin with. This extended sojourn was fruitful, producing a series of good, heartfelt records, yet they also had a nice side effect of putting commercialism way on the back burner, as the gospel albums were made without the charts in mind. The same thing can be said about Around the Bend, as it stands apart from trends, not defiantly but comfortably. This doesn't quite mean that Around the Bend is a pure hardcore country record, however. There are times where things get a little sweet, even syrupy -- as on the sweeping "Faith in You," a ballad that's nearly drowning in strings -- but these play by old-fashioned rules, sounding as if they were unearthed in another era. Fortunately, the big ballads are the only time that Around the Bend feels a little creaky, as the rest of the record is blessed by a light touch that gives the album a freshness. This is most evident on tunes that rely heavily on nimble acoustic guitars, such as "Turn It Around" and a surprisingly jazzy reading of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," both excellent showcases for Travis' relaxed delivery. As always, that easy touch is Travis' greatest strength, as it gives the best songs authenticity and makes the weaker songs palatable -- and as Around the Bend is a fairly strong set of songs, it's easy to enjoy Travis' gentle authority, how he slyly delivers the punch lines on "Everything That I Own (Has a Dent)" and gives "'Til I'm Dead and Gone" a muscular pulse. These are the moments that give Around the Bend some blood and force, making it a welcome secular comeback from this peerless singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624325420
  • Catalog Number: 43254
  • Sales rank: 105,216

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Travis Primary Artist
Dan Seals Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore Pedal Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Paul Franklin Fiddle, Pedal Steel Guitar
Sherilyn Huffman Background Vocals
David Hungate Bass
Rob Ickes Dobro
Paul Leim Drums
Brent Mason Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Gordon Mote Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Steve Nathan Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Lisa Silver Background Vocals
Diane Vanette Background Vocals
Bergen White Conductor
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Hi String
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Tania Hancheroff Background Vocals
Casey Wood Cymbals, Tambourine, Shaker
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Matt Rollings Composer
Shawn Camp Composer
Marcus Hummon Composer
Kyle Lehning Producer
Hugh Prestwood Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
John Scott Sherrill Composer
Bergen White String Arrangements
Noah Gordon Composer
Robert K. Oermann Author
Jason Lehning Engineer
Richard Logsdon Art Direction
Mark Nesler Composer
Leslie Satcher Composer
Tia Sillers Composer
Kris Bergsnes Composer
Tania Hancheroff Composer
Casey Wood Engineer
Sarah Siskind Composer
Jason Matthews Composer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Brent Baxter Composer
Jim McCormick Composer
Tue Walin Storm Video Director
Brandon Kinney Composer
Tom Douglas Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I awoke to CMT on the TV in the recent early morning hours to see Randy Travis. I have admired Randy Travis' music talent since the late 1980's. He was preforming a new video for Faith in You. I recently celebrated my wedding anniversary and even though we have only been together for 4 years, we are truly soulmates and it seems like we have known each other all our lives. This song is perfect for the couple that continues to grow old together...can't wait until it's release date so I can own my very own copy..Happy Listening to All.

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