Passing Through

Passing Through

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by Randy Travis
     
 
Family tableaus dominate the narratives of Randy Travis's 16th and most reflective studio effort. A vocalist nonpareil, the country crooner takes a hard look at the ties that bind, from the touching country ballad "Four Walls," offering gentle, loving life instructions at the hands of wise elders, to the quiet, acoustic-based meditation "My Daddy Never Was," which

Overview

Family tableaus dominate the narratives of Randy Travis's 16th and most reflective studio effort. A vocalist nonpareil, the country crooner takes a hard look at the ties that bind, from the touching country ballad "Four Walls," offering gentle, loving life instructions at the hands of wise elders, to the quiet, acoustic-based meditation "My Daddy Never Was," which portrays a son's attempts to avoid the negative example of an absent father. On his heart-tugging original "I'm Your Man," Travis avows his commitment to unconditional love, the tune made all the sweeter by a keening pedal steel and a churchy acoustic piano interlude. His sensitivity carries over to the wry but cautionary look at small-town reckless youth in the propulsive (and semi-autobiographical) "That Was Us," where a stinging electric guitar line underscores Travis's sense of gratitude for having survived his lapses of common sense back in the day. A corollary to "That Was Us," "Angels" ascends on a soaring chorus, thumping drums, and cascades of electric guitar lines as Travis alternately speaks and sings an homage to a mother's wisdom and tolerance as she raised her rebellious offspring. On a lighter note, "Train Long Gone" chugs along at a spirited pace, the singer bemoaning a lost love, bolstered by a male gospel quartet and his hard-charging band. Be it ballad or barn burner, Travis is in exemplary vocal form, his deep, emotive baritone and thoughtful phrasing heightening the feelings his songs describe, rendering the scenes in Passing Through in an indelible, evocative hue.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 2000, Randy Travis devoted himself to gospel music, and 2004's Passing Through is the fourth religious record he cut since then, but there's a difference here: instead of focusing on explicitly Christian material, Travis has collected a set of songs and stories about how faith affects life. It's inspirational music in the purest sense -- it doesn't preach, it instructs and inspires through its carefully observed tales. Musically, Passing Through is classic hardcore country, alternating between sentimental ballads and straight-ahead honky tonk and country-folk. Similarly, the songs themselves tell tales that are classic country, but the difference is that each has a subtle message or religious undercurrent to it. It all makes for a very strong album, either in contemporary Christian terms or by a purely musical yardstick, and it's further proof that Travis's traditionalist country continues to reap considerable rewards.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0080688634827
catalogNumber:
886348
Rank:
95400

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Travis   Primary Artist,Vocals
Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
John Jorgenson   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Matt Rollings   Hammond Organ,Juno
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Dennis Linde   Background Vocals
Cindy Walker   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Tony Harrell   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
David Hungate   Bass,Upright Bass
John Jarvis   Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Viktor Krauss   Upright Bass
Kyle Lehning   Electric Guitar
Paul Leim   Drums
Kenny Malone   Drums,Tambourine,Bells
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote   Piano
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Fills,Guitar (Resonator)
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Larry Beaird   Acoustic Guitar
Casey Wood   Bass Drums,Tambourine
Johnny Hiland   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Randy Travis   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Scott Baggett   Engineer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Kyle Lehning   Producer,Vocal Engineer,Audio Production
Jamie O'Hara   Composer
Don Rollins   Composer
Harry Stinson   Composer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Jason Lehning   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Mark Lusk   Artist Development
Tony Lane   Composer
Gary Harrison   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
Brice Long   Composer
Casey Wood   overdub engineer
Pastor Matthew Hagee   Composer
Roger D. Ferris   Composer
Buck Moore   Composer
D. Vincent Williams   Composer

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Passing Through 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is much much more than I expected. A very well put together collection of songs! One of those cd's where you don't have to skip through the ones you like, you can just listen to them all. That Was Us, and Running Bling are my top favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
by one of country's formidable voices. This is a collection of story telling songs that is at the root of good country music. Randy is in great voice on every cut. His ability to pull you into the scene of each story selected here, is what makes him and his deliveries so vital.It is hard to choose favorites here. As every selection is an exceptional piece in their own right. But being a fan of ballads ( that Randy is a master at delivering) I have to go with the two self penned orginals. "I'm Your Man" is a simple realistic statement of commitment."I Can See It In Your Eyes" is a gut wrenching portrait of a couple who have shared a lifetime of love, and devotion. But have come to accept(due to the passage of time)the realization that a final departure is inevitable. I think it is one of the finest love songs I have ever heard. Randy just continues to put out stellar material be it gospel or country.