Emotional Traffic

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After nearly two years in the vault, Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic was released by Curb. McGraw finished it in 2010 and turned it in. Curb refused to release it, claiming it was too soon after 2009's Southern Voice (though they released another hits compilation the same year). The two parties went to court to resolve the issue. Co-produced with longtime compadre Byron Gallimore, Emotional Traffic is McGraw's most ambitious offering to date -- the credits list is enormous and the range of styles on display is wide. That said, its balance is impeccable. While its production style and arrangements stay somewhat inside contemporary country's strictly defined boundaries -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After nearly two years in the vault, Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic was released by Curb. McGraw finished it in 2010 and turned it in. Curb refused to release it, claiming it was too soon after 2009's Southern Voice (though they released another hits compilation the same year). The two parties went to court to resolve the issue. Co-produced with longtime compadre Byron Gallimore, Emotional Traffic is McGraw's most ambitious offering to date -- the credits list is enormous and the range of styles on display is wide. That said, its balance is impeccable. While its production style and arrangements stay somewhat inside contemporary country's strictly defined boundaries -- guaranteeing it radio play -- the set also confidently pushes them to the breaking point, too. Take the album opener -- the midtempo ballad "Halo." While it opens with a pedal steel whine, the electric guitars and bowed electric cellos sound like they could have come from a Snow Patrol or later Coldplay album, though they have more teeth. The chorus, however, is pure contemporary country, yet despite the production sheen, the track's emotional depth resonates. McGraw also chose to cover Dee Ervin's "One Part, Two Part," with wife Faith Hill on backing vocals. Buddy & Julie Miller also covered this tune on Written in Chalk, but McGraw's version is grittier and more R&B, and evokes a younger, wilder Delbert McCLinton. "Only Human," a duet with Ne-Yo, is a solid ballad underscored by ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and a hook in the refrain to die for (it'd be great in the redemption scene of a film). "The One" is as funky as CC gets, with its wah-wah guitars, howling B-3, and striding electric piano in the verses. Once more, the chorus brings it back inside the format but the groove remains. "Better Than I Used to Be" is another ballad, told in the time-worn country storytelling tradition. Its melody is standard radio fare, but the grain in McGraw's voice offers a conviction that carries the tune above the tropes. The lengthy, ambient guitar intro to "Felt Good on My Lips" is sly, since it's a dancehall bump number; it borrows from Jimmy Buffett's trademark, Caribbean-flavored singalong style in the middle eights. The metaphoric "Die by My Own Hand," which closes the set, is a devastating midtempo ballad with big, warm guitars and drums in the verses (so much so they could have been produced by Daniel Lanois). Pedal steel underscores the melody to evoke country before a shattering rock & roll power ballad crescendo carries it out. Emotional Traffic displays McGraw's growth as a singer and producer, and reveals his longevity at the top of a fickle field. He only records when he has something to say, and he understands the rules well enough to bend and finally break them. In doing so, he expands the narrow framework of his genre and nearly forces it to embrace the whole of popular music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187932029
  • Catalog Number: 79320
  • Sales rank: 36,509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Halo (4:58)
  2. 2 Right Back At Ya (4:52)
  3. 3 One Part Two Part (3:33)
  4. 4 I Will Not Fall Down (4:37)
  5. 5 The One (3:53)
  6. 6 Better Than I Used To Be (3:21)
  7. 7 Touchdown Jesus (4:05)
  8. 8 The One That Got Away (4:47)
  9. 9 Felt Good On My Lips (4:39)
  10. 10 Hey Now (4:17)
  11. 11 Only Human (3:55)
  12. 12 Die By My Own Hand (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tim McGraw Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Faith Hill Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Greg Barnhill Background Vocals
Dean Brown Mando
Paul Bushnell Bass
Dan Dugmore Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest Percussion, Drums
Byron Gallimore Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Tony Harrell Synthesizer, Piano, Wurlitzer
Rami Jaffee Hammond B3
Jay Joyce Electric Guitar
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac Synthesizer, Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Steve Nathan Synthesizer, Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Billy Mason Drums
Denny Hemingson Electric Guitar
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Jim Beavers Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Angie Aparo Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Brad Warren Background Vocals
Brett Warren Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr. Percussion, Drums
John Marcus Bass
Darran Smith Electric Guitar
Bob Minner Acoustic Guitar
Ne-Yo Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeff McMahon Synthesizer, Hammond B3
Dave Levita Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Dunkley Percussion, Conga
Technical Credits
Martina McBride Composer
Tim McGraw Composer, Producer
Brett Beavers Composer
Byron Gallimore Producer
Rhett Akins Composer
Joe West Composer
Ty Lacy Composer
Jim Beavers Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Angie Aparo Composer
Erik Lutkins Engineer, Pro-Tools
Glenn Sweitzer Art Direction
Brad Warren Composer
Brett Warren Composer
Dave Pahanish Composer
Jason Hall overdub engineer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Jedd Hughes Composer
Shaffer Smith Composer
Darran Smith Producer
Sara Lesher Engineer, Pro-Tools
Christian Baker Vocal Engineer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Luke Laird Composer
Chad Warrix Composer
David Tolliver Composer
Ben Hayslip Composer
Dallas Davidson Composer
Bryan Simpson Composer
Dee Ervine Composer
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  • Posted February 24, 2012

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    Heart Traffic

    “Emotional Traffic” by Tim McGraw contains a strong balance of songs that are themed around romance and turning adversity into positive circumstances. He took a creative turn musically with these musical tracks. “Halo” and “Right Back Atcha Babe” are two of the musical numbers that resonated with me. “Halo” appears to be a happy song about being with someone that makes you feel safe to be yourself. “Right Back Atcha Babe” sounds like a heartfelt message of bliss in a relationship. I wonder if “Right Back Atcha Babe” symbolizes the closeness that he shares with his wife Faith Hill (in a similar vein as “It’s Your Love”).
    “Emotional Traffic” by Tim McGraw is best for those who like songs about emerging victorious in life and/or navigating the game of life.

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