Tight Rope

Tight Rope

by Brooks & Dunn
     
 

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In a baker's dozen of songs, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn show off the range of styles and moods that have made theirs one of the signature sounds of '90s mainstream country and have made them the top-selling duo in the genre's history. The opening number, "Goin' Under Gettin' Over You," is a quintessential B&D dance hall barn-burner in the "Boot Scootin' Boogie" mold,

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In a baker's dozen of songs, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn show off the range of styles and moods that have made theirs one of the signature sounds of '90s mainstream country and have made them the top-selling duo in the genre's history. The opening number, "Goin' Under Gettin' Over You," is a quintessential B&D dance hall barn-burner in the "Boot Scootin' Boogie" mold, while "The Trouble With Angels" exemplifies the tender side of the B&D sound. Plaintive and measured, Ronnie Dunn's high tenor puts the edge on these stories of love and loss. Kix Brooks steps up with an engaging lead vocal on the lilting ballad, "Don't Look Back Now," and Dunn delivers one of his most sensitive efforts on a remake of the John Waite hit "Missing You," done up as a country heartbreak number. So it goes on TIGHT ROPE, an album as thoughtful in its quieter moments as it is kick-ass in its raucous ones. Memo to B&D: Spend the money.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Brooks & Dunn have always seemed more tradtionalist than they actually were. Even with their first album, they had a clear commercial mind behind their rootsiest material, and it's undeniable that they were not only one of the driving forces behind the line-dance craze, but that they had some of the better mainstream country ballads of the decade. Their trick was not just strong vocals, but keeping the music lean and direct, so it sounded like straight-up country even when it had pop aspirations. They retained that illusion up until the end of the '90s, when they not only increased their pop quotient, but they started to feel like a collective instead of a duo. That's a roundabout way of saying that 1999's Tight Rope, while a solid album, isn't quite up to their old standards. For instance, such blatant radio crossover moves as covering John Waite's new wave-era classic "Missing You" feels wrong, even if it's done as well as it possibly could be. That's obviously a misstep, but the really strange thing about Tight Rope is how the alternation between a Brooks song and a Dunn song feels like two solo albums pieced together, which is something that's never happened before. That these pieces are musically in line with the duo's previous efforts only hammers home the fact that this record is competent, occasionally enjoyable, but not particularly inspired. Parts of the record work quite well, such as "Temptation #9" or the closer, "Texas and Norma Jean," but there are large stretches that either feel contrived or a little too generic. Since Brooks & Dunn are professionals, Tight Rope is always listenable, but the combination of bland material and the disjointed feeling of the record leaves it a little unsatisfying.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0828768578322
catalogNumber:
685783
Rank:
103531

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brooks & Dunn   Primary Artist
Kix Brooks   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass Guitar
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Ronnie Dunn   Background Vocals
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle,Hoedown
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
B. James Lowry   Electric Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Lonnie Wilson   Percussion,Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
John Wesley   Background Vocals
John Barlow Jarvis   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brooks & Dunn   Producer
Kix Brooks   Producer,Engineer
Mike Bradley   Engineer
Mark Capps   Engineer
Don Cook   Producer
D. Davis   Engineer
Ronnie Dunn   Producer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Rob Hajacos   Sound Effects
Julian King   Engineer
John Kunz   Engineer
Richard Hanson   Engineer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Maude Gilman Clapham   Art Direction

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