This World We Live In

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Seemingly re-energized on 2002's Another Way to Go, pioneering New Traditionalist Radney Foster formerly half of the influential country pop duo Foster & Lloyd returns with a report from the interior, chronicling mating rituals and the telltale markers of new love. And though he's engaged some top-drawer West Coast rockers for instrumental support -- providing a fresh edge that references traditional rock, pop, and country, sometimes all in the same song -- Foster's clear, warm tenor comes out country soul any way you cut it. Lyrically, he addresses love a-borning and the first physical and metaphysical stirrings of passion with Kristofferson-like explicitness; ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Seemingly re-energized on 2002's Another Way to Go, pioneering New Traditionalist Radney Foster formerly half of the influential country pop duo Foster & Lloyd returns with a report from the interior, chronicling mating rituals and the telltale markers of new love. And though he's engaged some top-drawer West Coast rockers for instrumental support -- providing a fresh edge that references traditional rock, pop, and country, sometimes all in the same song -- Foster's clear, warm tenor comes out country soul any way you cut it. Lyrically, he addresses love a-borning and the first physical and metaphysical stirrings of passion with Kristofferson-like explicitness; witness "Sweet and Wild," a song built on terse images and tense rhythms, with Foster's measured but urgent reading beautifully buttressed by Sarah Buxton's gritty, blue-eyed soul counterpoint. In the lilting, low-key "The Kindness of Strangers," Foster details, in direct, unambiguous terms, how the wages of sin a prostitute's fee help a lonely man get through the turmoil of divorce, when "love's turned to rust" -- a tale made doubly eerie by the presence of mournful violins and Emily West's Enya-like cooing wafting over a lone drum's heartbeat thump. A different take on a drinking song comes by way of "Half of My Mistakes," which features a searing, fuzzed-out guitar solo and Foster and Kim Richey recounting a series of bad judgments made while "stone cold sober," leading to "a lot of good things in my life." A master craftsman and literate to the hilt, Foster makes those O. Henry turnarounds seem as routine as breathing, and as surprising as the persistence of love itself.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
So how is it that Radney Foster has managed to avoid becoming a major star? Since his days in Foster & Lloyd, anyone who has been paying attention knows about Foster's big, strong, expressive voice and his estimable skills as a lyricist, and his sixth studio album, This World We Live In, finds him squarely in contemporary country territory without abandoning his instincts as a rocker, and he makes the mixture work like a charm. Foster kicks off the proceedings with an updated bit of honky tonk raunch, "Drunk on Love," that gives him a chance to show off his pipes and Waddy Wachtel's guitar, and "Big Idea" and "Prove Me Right" are equally powerful uptempo rockers fortified with a sharp infusion of twang. But while Foster knows how to serve up a good time, he also knows more than a little about the blues, and "The Kindness of Strangers," "New Zip Code," and "Fools That Dream" are tales of heartache and wrong turns that work beautifully with Foster's rich, full-bodied vocals. Foster co-produced the set with Darrell Brown, and they've lined up ten great songs and a handful of top-notch accompanists including Kim Richey, who sings backup on two cuts, and Niko Bolas' engineering sounds clear and bold without overwhelming the performances. While This World We Live In boasts just enough polish that current country radio could make a place for it if they chose, Foster speaks from the heart and soul on every track here, and his rowdy but passionate music is the sort of thing Music Row's been missing for years. Give This World We Live In a chance, and you'll find Radney Foster has the goods, and in plentiful supply.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • UPC: 803020123427
  • Catalog Number: 1234

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Radney Foster Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Bob Glaub Bass, 6-string bass, Group Member
Hoot Hester Fiddle
Rami Jaffee Hammond B3
Craig Krampf Percussion
Mike McAdam Electric Guitar
Kim Richey Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jonathan Yudkin Violin, Cello
Charlie Drayton Drums, Group Member
Waddy Wachtel Electric Guitar, Group Member
Perry Coleman Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Eric Borash Electric Guitar
Sarah Buxton Vocals, Guest Appearance
Emily West Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Radney Foster Composer, Producer, Engineer
Niko Bolas Engineer
Darrell Brown Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Dennis Matkosky Composer
Wayne Brezinka Art Direction
Bobby Houck Composer
Mike Paragone Engineer
Justin Tocket Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another strong effort by Radney Foster

    People may be familiar with songs written by Radney Foster that were recorded country superstars like Keith Urban (“Raining on Sunday”), Sara Evans (“A Real Fine Place to Start”), and the Dixie Chicks (“Godspeed”). Foster has built a career on reliably delivering soaring melodies, memorable hooks, infectious grooves, and passionate and timely lyrics. On This World We Live In, his sixth solo release, he affirms his legacy and in fact bumps up his strengths a few notches with his most penetrating batch of original songs yet. Backed by veteran rock & roll studio musicians Waddy Wachtel, Charly Drayton & Bob Glaub, their sturdy rhythms powering "Kindness of Strangers" prove perfect for his poignant studies of common folk doing good deeds. Never too far from rock in anything he does, Foster kicks out the jams on "Prove Me Right," a ferocious, rowdy roadhouse rocker. Sarah Buxton, Emily West, and Kim Richey all pitch in with tender, bracing vocals, and the song ends up feeling like the soothing balm it surely was meant to be. On the closing track, “Never Gonna Fly,” Foster continues his habit of ending his CD with a thoughtful track that stays with the listener long after the music has ended. It’s a touching, uplifting song that perfectly ends a great collection of songs.

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