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If You're Going Through Hell
     

If You're Going Through Hell

4.6 6
by Rodney Atkins
 
Blessed with an expressive, masculine baritone and a sensitive soul, Rodney Atkins makes an impressive debut with a collection of songs about family, friends, fortitude, and self-reliance. Atkins doesn't preach, but it's traditional values he celebrates, as on the stomping, fiddle-fired country rocker "These Are My People": church league softball, working hard at a

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Blessed with an expressive, masculine baritone and a sensitive soul, Rodney Atkins makes an impressive debut with a collection of songs about family, friends, fortitude, and self-reliance. Atkins doesn't preach, but it's traditional values he celebrates, as on the stomping, fiddle-fired country rocker "These Are My People": church league softball, working hard at a day job, and so on, "giving this life everything we've got / and then some." In the churning "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)," he recalls how his girlfriend's dad laid down the law to him on a first date, reminding him "he'll be up all night / cleaning this gun," and reflects on the far-off moment when his own daughter finds "that teenage boy just like me." A lesson of a different sort is taught by his young 'un in "Watching You," a driving, acoustic-based story that starts when a young son cuts loose with a four-letter word, which sets off a series of insightful reflections on parental responsibility set to thundering drums, sizzling guitar, and soaring pedal steel. Persevering through hard times is the message illustrated in the hit title song, a tune cloaked in Celtic finery (via bagpipes) and traditional country strains that seems to sum up the appealing essence of this most promising young artist. Keep an eye on him.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Rodney Atkins spent nine years in Nashville struggling to make it as a singer and songwriter. He grew up poor and while he always wanted to be an entertainer, he worked his way through Tennessee Tech before heading to Nashville. He got signed to Curb in 1997, but his first singles failed to make a dent in the charts. He finally hit number four in 2004 with the song "Honesty" and followed it up with an album by the same name. The album was a modest success, and set the stage for If You're Going Through Hell. Wanting to make an album with a less produced sound, Atkins cut the vocals for If You're Going Through Hell in his small home studio. The song was the album's lead single and shot to number one on the charts; it was also the most played country single on radio in 2006. "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" is a big, anthemic song that tips its hat to everybody who's ever had a hard time. Its soaring chorus is as much pop as country, as is the production, which featuring bagpipes, a thumping drumbeat, and a wall of fiddles and banjos. Other hits include "Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy)," the tale of an overprotective father trying to intimidate his daughter's first date by showing up on the front porch with his rifle. Atkins sings it first from the perspective of the young man, then as a new father with a young daughter of his own, and strikes the perfect balance between love and aggression. "These Are My People" is a celebration of growing up country. It's a string of clichés, the kind of song that can sink under its own sentimental weight, but Atkins delivers it with a sly humor that makes it believable. "Watching You," the first number one that Atkins co-wrote himself, went gold. It's a midtempo rocker that details the way kids will mimic everything their patents do from cussin' to praying. If You're Going Through Hell was reissued in 2010 by Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores with two bonus tracks: "Farmer's Daughter," Atkins' hit single of June 2010, and "More Like Your Memory (Always Takes Me Back)," one of the first tunes he ever wrote, a poignant ballad of lost love and regret.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2006
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187894525
catalogNumber:
78945
Rank:
26133

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodney Atkins   Primary Artist
Gary Prim   Piano,Hammond Organ
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Colin Campbell   Crowd Noise
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Ted Hewitt   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Julian King   Percussion
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ
Larry Paxton   Bass
Kelly Pody   Crowd Noise
Shawn Pody   Crowd Noise
Wanda Vick   Banjo
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Terje Petrus Bratlie   Crowd Noise
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Skip Cleavinger   uillean pipes
Scotty Sanders   Steel Guitar
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano
Danielle Caffey   Crowd Noise
Sandi Harrison   Crowd Noise
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar,Crowd Noise
Aaron Bowlin   Crowd Noise
Angela Hurt   Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
Tammy Jo Atkins   Crowd Noise
Doug Barnard   Crowd Noise
Clayton Bozeman   Crowd Noise
Rhonda Chaffin   Crowd Noise
CiGi   Crowd Noise
James Hedden   Crowd Noise
Tecia Hedden   Crowd Noise
Lindsey Herren   Crowd Noise
Justin Luffman   Crowd Noise
Marianne Mashburn   Crowd Noise
Charlie Miralez   Crowd Noise
Nicole Miralez   Crowd Noise
Jenn Poppe   Crowd Noise
Kevin Rapillo   Crowd Noise
Belinda Smith   Crowd Noise
Natalie Stout   Crowd Noise
Jenny Tackett   Crowd Noise
Kathryn Vieira   Crowd Noise
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Dean   Composer
Tony Green   Engineer
Ted Hewitt   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Michael Lunn   Composer
Craig White   Engineer
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Rodney Atkins   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Danny Simpson   Composer
Annie Tate   Composer
Sam Tate   Composer
Bobby Tomberlin   Composer
Kent Agee   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Billy Kirsch   Composer
Dave Berg   Composer
Shane Minor   Composer
P.T. Houston   Engineer
Marla Cannon-Goodman   Composer

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If You're Going Through Hell 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jasrussofoods More than 1 year ago
I'm not into country, but my husband heard a song on the radio. We listened to bits of his album at the B&N bookstore and sure enough-every song was a hit. Listen to the words...definitely a much needed pick-me-up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the whole album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE every song on this CD. Each track is so different and evokes a range of emotion from the listener. When I first heard the title track, "Going Through Hell", I knew I needed to own this CD for that song alone but have been thrilled with each and every song on this CD. Rodney's voice is a pleasure to listen to and you will find yourself listening to this CD again and again.
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