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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Atlanta's Drivin' n' Cryin' is one of the more perfect bands for Universal's spotty "ultimate" series, since all but one of their albums were recorded for either Island or Geffen, two of the mammoth label's sublabels. So instead of licensing tracks from other labels which the "ultimate" series in the past has been reluctant to do to an adequate extent, all of Drivin' n' Cryin's best work can be efficiently represented here. Unfortunately, the strict chronological order that is followed here isn't necessarily the best way to present a group with as many diverse sides as Drivin' n' Cryin'. A mix of laconic country, folk, and bluegrass with hard-driving, occasionally metallic...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Atlanta's Drivin' n' Cryin' is one of the more perfect bands for Universal's spotty "ultimate" series, since all but one of their albums were recorded for either Island or Geffen, two of the mammoth label's sublabels. So instead of licensing tracks from other labels which the "ultimate" series in the past has been reluctant to do to an adequate extent, all of Drivin' n' Cryin's best work can be efficiently represented here. Unfortunately, the strict chronological order that is followed here isn't necessarily the best way to present a group with as many diverse sides as Drivin' n' Cryin'. A mix of laconic country, folk, and bluegrass with hard-driving, occasionally metallic rock was the band's unlikely calling card. It was also probably the reason they never attracted a widespread audience despite tours opening for Athens buddies R.E.M., as well as Bob Dylan, Sonic Youth, Neil Young, and Cheap Trick, all of whom are influences on their sound. Like the original albums, the drastic shift on this anthology between their pounding electric side and shuffling acoustic side is frequently jarring. A compilation that transitioned more logically between the band's styles would have been far more listenable. Lead singer/lyricist Kevn Kinney's plaintive voice works perfectly on the less frantic tunes such as 1997's "Telling Stories" but also adds a tempering quality to raging rockers such as 1991's "Fly Me Courageous." When the band's two sides combined, as on a rugged blues-rocker like "The Innocent," the band found its niche and successfully juggled their varied influences. Left to their own worst instincts on pounding crunchers such as this album's one non-album track, a live in Atlanta "Toy Never Played With," and "Turn It Up or Turn It Off," the clunky, riff-based, virtually Kiss-style rockers never seem to resonate convincingly. But when they hit a groove as on the disc's predominantly acoustic final four tracks, Kinney's reedy yet emotional delivery and the band's sure sense of melody combine to produce music of rare intelligence, power, and grace. At 20 tracks and almost 80 minutes, this is truly the "ultimate" collection of Drivin' n' Cryin's work and an ideal introduction to a group whose unique approach wasn't always best served on their individual albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Fontana Hip-O
  • UPC: 731454279222
  • Catalog Number: 542792
  • Sales rank: 35,738

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scarred But Smarter (2:34)
  2. 2 Count the Flowers (2:55)
  3. 3 Powerhouse (3:42)
  4. 4 Catch the Wind (4:03)
  5. 5 Can't Promise You the World (2:56)
  6. 6 Honeysuckle Blue (4:50)
  7. 7 House for Sale (3:18)
  8. 8 Wild Dog Moon (5:25)
  9. 9 Straight to Hell (5:35)
  10. 10 Fly Me Courageous (3:22)
  11. 11 Build a Fire (3:15)
  12. 12 Let's Go Dancing (3:17)
  13. 13 For You (4:33)
  14. 14 The Innocent (4:15)
  15. 15 Toy Never Played With (5:08)
  16. 16 Turn It up or Turn It Off (3:59)
  17. 17 When You Come Back (3:00)
  18. 18 Indian Song (3:18)
  19. 19 Telling Stories (3:32)
  20. 20 Passing Through (5:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Drivin' n' Cryin' Primary Artist
Kevn Kinney Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Anton Fier Drums
Buren Fowler Guitar
Joey Huffman Keyboards
Paul Lenz Drums, Background Vocals
Tim Nielsen Bass, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Michele Mais Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Drivin' n' Cryin' Composer, Producer
Kevn Kinney Producer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Anton Fier Producer
Scott MacPherson Producer
Tim Nielsen Producer
George Pappas Producer
John Porter Producer
Geoff Workman Producer
George DuBose Cover Photo
Ilene Weingard Art Direction
Kevin Flaherty Tray Photo
Kosmo Vinyl Producer
Laura Graven Art Direction
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