Tight Rope

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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 ...
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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 828768578322
  • Catalog Number: 685783
  • Sales rank: 86,382

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, 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 Jr. 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
Doug Sax Mastering
Richard Hanson Engineer
Erik Lutkins Engineer
Maude Gilman Clapham Art Direction
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