Passing Through

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 080688634827
  • Catalog Number: 886348
  • Sales rank: 100,120

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Travis Primary Artist, Vocals
Al 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
Doug Sax Mastering
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
Robert Hadley Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another stellar album and effort...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best from Randy since the 80's!!!

    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!

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