Comin' to Your City

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Building on the unexpected success of their debut album, MuzikMafia godfathers Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich return with another mélange of sounds, styles, and attitudes. Like a little rockin’ rappin’? Try the funky, slinky workout “Caught Up in the Moment,” about a couple of strangers who meet in an airport and seal the deal at 20,000 feet, to the sound of a howling fiddle and a forcefully strummed acoustic guitar. With a hard-rock stomp, the roiling title track recounts a B&R cross-country road trip filled with partying and playing, with the aim of putting “a little bang in your yin yang.” “Leap of Faith,” fueled by snarling guitars, wailing pedal steel, and a ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Building on the unexpected success of their debut album, MuzikMafia godfathers Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich return with another mélange of sounds, styles, and attitudes. Like a little rockin’ rappin’? Try the funky, slinky workout “Caught Up in the Moment,” about a couple of strangers who meet in an airport and seal the deal at 20,000 feet, to the sound of a howling fiddle and a forcefully strummed acoustic guitar. With a hard-rock stomp, the roiling title track recounts a B&R cross-country road trip filled with partying and playing, with the aim of putting “a little bang in your yin yang.” “Leap of Faith,” fueled by snarling guitars, wailing pedal steel, and a furiously fingerpicked banjo, recounts the grit and determination it takes to reach a long-sought goal, and B&R’s tight, haunting harmony singing adds a real edge of desperation. Topicality may not be what anyone expects from these two party animals, but the power-ballad conceits of the moving “8th of November” add grandeur to a stirring tale well told, of a Vietnam-era soldier’s exploits at home and on the battlefield. And on a bonus track, “Our America,” Big & Rich are joined by fellow MuzikMafia members Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy, for a string-laden, soaring sing-along that blends a tightly harmonized performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” with a reading of the Pledge of Allegiance. Party up, party down, pass the patriotism all around -- it's a good formula, and Big & Rich work it better than anyone has in quite a while.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the end of a year where Big & Rich seemingly had a hand in every other record coming out of Nashville -- and when their past was dredged up in the form of Big Kenny's ignored 1999 album Live a Little -- the gonzo country duo unleashed Comin' to Your City, the highly anticipated follow-up to their surprise blockbuster 2004 debut, A Horse of a Different Color. Their omnipresence in 2005 illustrates just how thoroughly Big & Rich, along with their protégée Gretchen Wilson, changed the course of contemporary country in the middle of the decade, helping to usher in music that was bigger, funnier, rowdier, and looser than what was on country radio in the wake of Garth's retirement. Everybody wanted a piece of Big & Rich, including such mainstream divas as Faith Hill, and they had their own pet projects like inept country rapper Cowboy Troy, and they didn't turn down an opportunity to work, so they just flooded the charts. And while such success is a vindication in and of itself, it also raised the stakes for the duo's own record -- a challenge they embrace with their trademark goofball humor on Comin' to Your City. Opening with a perhaps inadvertent salute to Shel Silverstein on the careening "The Freak Parade," the album immediately delves into territory that's weirder than anything on the debut, and the duo continues to push its music to extremes for the rest of the record. This doesn't mean that this is all a freak show -- the stranger moments are stranger, often exhilaratingly so, but the ballads are slicker and the pop tunes are less apologetic than before. Since the gonzo rebel shtick was always an act put on by two Music City pros, this pursuit of the weird and the normal in equal measure benefits the album since they can pull off both attitudes with slick flair. And it doesn't get slicker than "I Pray for You," a slice of anthemic MOR pop that would sound by-the-books in the hands of another act, but the duo gives the song an insistent, assured arrangement that not only places it above most contemporary country-pop of 2005, but makes it better than nearly all adult contemporary of its year, as well. It's not the only straight-ahead moment that works here, either -- "Never Mind Me" has a sweetness straight out soft rock's late-'70s/early-'80s peak, while "Leap of Faith" is underpinned by a genuine melancholy ache that's a little surprising coming from this pair of pranksters. These moments don't dominate the album, however: they anchor a record that's otherwise a pretty wild ride. Sometimes, the partying is a little obvious -- as on the travelogue title track -- but that doesn't mean it's not effective; Big & Rich have the hooks and the studio smarts to make the formula sound infectious. Besides, when there are songs as mind-bending and odd as Big Kenny's old-timey mariachi "20 Margaritas" or his country-psychedelia excursion on "Blow My Mind," it's hard to complain about the occasional glimpse of formula -- and that's not even taking into account such gems as the silly, self-referential "Filthy Rich," the absurd "Jalapeno," or the gleefully annoying "Soul Shaker," nor does it quite convey how the awkwardly jingoistic military tale "8th of November" proof that every mainstream country album in 2005 needs a patriotic anthem is subverted by "Our America," where Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and Cowboy Troy cut-and-paste American tunes, slogans, and clichés into a freak-pack national anthem. It's things like this that make up for the lack of a flat-out stunner along the lines of "Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy." After all, when an album has so many hooks, good and bad jokes, real and affected weirdness, it's hard to complain: it's better just to sit back and enjoy the show, especially since, for better or worse, there are no better showmen in country or pop in 2005 than Big & Rich.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624947028
  • Catalog Number: 49470
  • Sales rank: 47,906

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Freak Parade (1:08)
  2. 2 Comin' to Your City (3:27)
  3. 3 Soul Shaker (3:05)
  4. 4 Never Mind Me (3:26)
  5. 5 Caught Up in the Moment (3:42)
  6. 6 Leap of Faith (4:58)
  7. 7 I Pray for You (3:58)
  8. 8 Filthy Rich (3:09)
  9. 9 Jalapeño (2:57)
  10. 10 20 Margaritas (2:47)
  11. 11 Blow My Mind (3:35)
  12. 12 Slow Motion (3:27)
  13. 13 8th of November (6:14)
  14. 14 Our America - Cowboy Troy (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big & Rich Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
David Angell Violin
Brian Barnett Drums
Dennis Burnside Synthesizer, Keyboards
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Connie Ellisor Violin
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Wayne Killius Drums
Craig Nelson Bass
Kathryn Plummer Viola
Mike Rojas Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Chris Teal Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Paul Worley Electric Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin Banjo, Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin, Strings, Cello, Harp, Octofone
Ron Sorbo Percussion
Monisa Angell Viola
Karen Winkelmann Violin
Cate Myer Violin
Gerald Greer Violin
Janet Askey Violin
Howard Laravea Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ
Denise Baker Violin
Carolyn Bailey Violin
Ethan Pilzer Bass
Maxwell Abrams Saxophone
Erin Hall Violin
Felix Wang Cello
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
John Rich Acoustic Guitar
Cowboy Troy Track Performer
Sarighani Reist Cello
Samuel Bacco Percussion
Zeneba Bowers Violin
Justin Tocket Bass
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Matt Pierson Bass
Technical Credits
Dennis Burnside String Arrangements
Carl Gorodetzky String Contractor
The Nashville String Machine Contributor
Freddy Powers Composer
Chris Stone Engineer
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Paul Worley Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Jonathan Yudkin Composer, String Arrangements
Clarke Schleicher Engineer
Kevin Tucker Art Direction
Vance Powell Engineer
Big Kenny Composer, Audio Production
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Gretchen Wilson Arranger
John Rich Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Lynn Borgus Groomer
Rodney Clawson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD "Blows My Mind"

    When I first started to listen to the CD and "Freak Parade" came on, I was sort of worried that it was going to be anohter goof-off album. Not that I have any problem with this but one is enough. Then "Comin' To Your City" came on then I turned my stereo up and i never turned it down because after that it was one jam after another. Big and Rich is going to be an house hold name one of these day's so, I recomend you jump on the band wagon early. FreakParade777

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous!!

    Big and Rich have mixed in a little jazz, country and R&B to create an album that touches all the senses. Like their last album Horse of a different color they have brought out their beliefs and hearts. They are an excellent duo who light up the stage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST!

    Big & Rich's sophmore CD, "Comin' To Your City" is just as fun, creative, and serious as their first CD "Horse Of A Different Color." They have really hit the "Big Time" with this CD. It is amazingly great. I absolutely love it! I have been listening to it since I got it on the release date. It opens with a fun tune called "The Freak Parade" which is just a spoken, sung intro showing John and Kenny's humor. I am sure you have heard the first single "Comin' To Your City". The next single is the next to last song on the CD. It is called "The 8th Of November". This song is the most meaninful, tear-jerker on the album. The song is about their friend Niles Harris, who survived a deadly ambush in Vietnam where 48 of his men died on "the 8th of November 1965". Probably the most Rockin' song is "Soul Shaker" which is a great tune. Also the song "I Pray For You" which is the second dong they ever wote together. The chorus goes like so: "I light a candle/ watch it burn/ I feel the angels come and fill this room/ Oh when your gone/ I miss you so much/ I do the only thing I can do/ I Pray For You/ I Pray For You." Another song that ois sort of on the pop side is "Never Mind Me" which lets us hear their voices seperately and then their voices hormanize so beatifuly. It really shows off Kenny's deep baritone voice and John's tenor voice. The song "Leap Of Faith" is one of my favorites. Just something about it, you have to hear it as well as the song "Slow Motion". The last song is called "Our America". It has several impotant American works all put together. Such as The Preable of the Constitution, Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" Speech, and the "Star Spangled Banner". This is one of the best CD's. Don't hesitate to buy it . You will fall in love with it!

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    Posted January 29, 2009

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