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Tim McGraw & The Dance Hall Doctors
     

Tim McGraw & The Dance Hall Doctors

4.9 18
by Tim McGraw
 
Tim McGraw offers a rocked-up crowd pleaser with this state-of-the-art mainstream country long player, with the requisite traditional country flavors (fiddle and pedal steel solos), '80s arena-rock guitar, and a couple of winning ballads. The titular physicians are McGraw's own road musicians, which is a bold step in session-centric Nashville, but one that gives

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Tim McGraw offers a rocked-up crowd pleaser with this state-of-the-art mainstream country long player, with the requisite traditional country flavors (fiddle and pedal steel solos), '80s arena-rock guitar, and a couple of winning ballads. The titular physicians are McGraw's own road musicians, which is a bold step in session-centric Nashville, but one that gives McGraw's country-rock attack extra bite. Which is not to suggest there's nothing happening lyrically. Rife with twanging guitars and raucous fiddles, the galloping "Home" reflects the solace McGraw anticipates in returning to familiar, soul-enriching turf. The moody hit single "Red Ragtop" vividly recounts a moment of youthful indiscretion, an aborted baby, and a haunting memory that returns every time the older, wiser narrator sees a young girl in a hot car. A military snare establishes a somber setting on "Comfort Me" before the band kicks it into high gear with a stomping beat and ascending fiddle lines -- a dramatic backdrop for McGraw's ambiguous lyric, which could be read as either a longing for home or a love letter to the strengths he finds in America's freedoms. He tenderly enumerates the metaphorical virtues of his beloved on the verses of "She's My Kind of Rain," before the soaring, affirmative chorus rises on the wings of billowy synths. The Dylan-ish rocker "Who Are They" finds McGraw lashing out at critics of all stripes, with an extra dose of vitriol aimed at perceived West Coast cultural trendmeisters and certain media outlets. McGraw's much better when he sings about things that matter between people. Those who agree will find plenty to feast on here.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Tim "Outlaw" McGraw has been one of the most consistent of the late-'90s country superstars. Never content to reply on his reputation, he continually pushed at the pillars of the hall that created him, namely Nash Vegas. McGraw's particular gift as an interpreter of other songwriters' works is almost singular among his generation of singers. Not relying solely on production, McGraw uses numerous voices to get to the heart of a song. On this album, McGraw convinced his label and co-producers, Byron Gallimore and Darran Smith, to use his road band, the Dancehall Doctors, to make a more organic and immediate sounding record. It worked. From the stunning opener, "Comfort Me," by Craig Wiseman and Don Poythress, an ancient military sounding snare drum and a bleeding guitar note usher in a tune that is the only non-cloying patriotic song that was recorded after September 11, 2001. It's a hymn equal parts country and Celtic that is an homage to all of those who entered this country by going past the Statue of Liberty and entered the American experience. When he reaches the end, "I am the tired, I am your poor in spirit/yearnin' to breathe, breathe free...," the listener is caught up in the "us" of the song; it's inclusive, and captures in McGraw's prayer for comfort, for deliverance not from something else but to the space that freedom is -- defined both individually and collectively -- is unique among the country songs that came up after the disaster struck. Interestingly enough, it sets the tone for a record full of romantic archetypes, not only the icon of Lady Liberty, but family ("Home"); the reliving of experience unconsciously ("Red Ragtop"); escape and recreation of oneself ("That's Why God Made Mexico"); the idealization of love as a force in and of itself ("Watch the Wind Blow By," a killer soul-oriented track by Anders Osborne, and McGraw sings the hell out of it); dislocation and the realization that home isn't such a bad place to be ("Sing Me Home"); and others. McGraw closes the record with Elton John's and Bernie Taupin's "Tiny Dancer," and for a verse or so, you'd swear it was the same recording. It's frightening how close to the original it is. Why would anyone try to recreate a song so close to its original version; simple, because they love it. And McGraw's version is gorgeous, soulful, and deep like the rest of And the Dance Hall Kings.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/2002
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187874626
catalogNumber:
78746
Rank:
10779

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim McGraw   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kim Carnes   Background Vocals
Don Henley   Background Vocals
Greg Barnhill   Background Vocals
Dean Brown   Fiddle,Mandolin
Byron Gallimore   Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Steve Nathan   Organ,Wurlitzer,Synthesizer Horn
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Timothy B. Schmit   Background Vocals
Billy Mason   Drums
Denny Hemingson   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Guitar (Baritone),Mellobar Slide
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Dave Dunkley   Percussion
Frank Macek   Loops
John Marcus   Bass
Darran Smith   Electric Guitar
Bob Minner   Dobro,Guitar
John Prestia   Harmonica,Electric Guitar
Dancehall Doctors   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tim McGraw   Producer
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Dennis Davis   Engineer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Tony Green   Engineer
Julian King   Engineer
Hank Linderman   Engineer
Ricky Cobble   Engineer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Greg Burns   Engineer
Jason Gantt   Engineer
Darran Smith   Producer
Don Poythress   Composer

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Tim McGraw & The Dance Hall Doctors 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song is marvelous. I especially like the rain song. You can not go wrong buying this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an effort by McGraw! Each song tells a story of true life in America, and he has brought true emotion to his craft. This is the music that those who are looking for a return to well-written, deftly-crafted and well performed pieces of music can go. It's very obvious that there's much more talent in that house than just Faith Hill, who is what Shania Twain wishes SHE were! This has true cross-over potential, and should not be overlooked as just a country record. One of the year's best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
TIM MCGRAW IS THE HOTTEST GUY EVER AND U R CRAZY NOT TO BUT THIS CD!!!!!!!!!!! TIM BABY I LOVE YOU!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this album to be quite extrodinary! Every track is SO sublime! Tim's best yet. i deeply encourage every fan to purchase this record, for it is a tour de force in the country/ rock genre. And i thought the Osbournes album was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't stop listening to this CD. I listen in the car and at work. I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd.Its perfect and you can not go wrong buying a Tim Mcgraw cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow! great cd! my favorite song is "real good man" but i love all the other songs too! its GREAT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Tim McGraw since he started, and I can tell you that this may be his best album(next to "Everywhere") he has made. This cd is really really good, I mean this man is gifted with a beautiful voice. This cd is worth the money. This man is without a doubt the best country artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic music. He is so talented, forget that he's so sexy & handsome (like you can - HA)and just listen to this music. It's wonderful. He puts so much feeling into his music. I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible CD. Tim just gets better with each album. There is not a bad song on the disc. My favorite is "Watch the Wind Go By". This album is everything you love about Tim McGraw with a slightly new sound. Buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Wow!" That was my reaction when I first listened to this album. Lyrically, musically, and emotionally, this record is AWESOME. Every song on there is a winner! I love the track "All We Ever Find." And "Real Good Man" will get any woman's heart pumping! Get this album, even if you don't like country...its worth it!
nice92 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be some of Tim's best work ever. The Dancehall Doctors' music is superb. One song is better the the last as you listen to the track. Tim pours his heart into every one with a mature artistic talent, that is a joy to listen to. Wonderful work all around. Tim is one of music's best, a definite treasure to the industry. Can't wait to see what he keeps coming up with for the "Next 30 years"! Great work by Tim, once again proving he is Superstar quality, and a step above the rest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is different from his previous "Set this Circus Down", in that the music isn't nearly as edgy and dark as that disc is on many tracks. This album is mostly mid-tempo with a good combo of singles (She's My Kind of Rain, Red Ragtop, Tiny Dancer) in addition to the remaining tracks that are all very pleasing to hear (with the possible exception of track 13, which I didn't like and felt that it was out of place). Tim's live shows are much more fast paced and rowdy than the music on this album might suggest, but even if it's a slower dance, it's still a lot of fun. I definitely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Tim McGraw. I currently have all of his CD releases and I have not heard on song yet that I do not like. His newest release, Tim McGraw & The Dance Hall Doctors it so creative and unoriginal. He took an entirely different turn on this album from his previous released albums. McGraw has a way to make his audience feel like they can easily relate to him and his experiences. He gives new meaning to life and love in every relationship a person has. The thing different about this album is that he has another group, the Dance Hall Doctors, that work with Tim to enhance his songs. This album does not have one bad song and they vary from mellow to old-timey country. I would recommend this album to anyone who is a country music fan and who would enjoy listening to a very talented and respected man. Tim McGraw’s best friend, Kenny Chesney, is also a very talented artist. He and Tim work together and help each other out. They have the same taste in songs and are able to sing together to make it sound so wonderful! I would also recommend Kenny Chesney's albums to people who enjoy country as well. I am sure that if you like Tim that you will like Kenny just as much! No matter what kind of day you have when you get home, from school or work, listening to any songs by Tim McGraw is sure to brighten your day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
tim has been around the country scene for a while now. he is still one of the most influential country artists out there. He has an amazing voice, and his looks don't hurt either!! I would recommend this album to any music fan, country or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago