What You Leave Behind

What You Leave Behind

by Ricochet
     
 
It's been a long, tortuous road to a third album for Ricochet. After scoring a gold-selling hit and three Top Ten country singles with its self-titled debut in 1996, the group returned in 1997 with Blink of an Eye, which spawned three country chart entries, none of which got higher than the Top 20. They seemed poised for a third album

Overview

It's been a long, tortuous road to a third album for Ricochet. After scoring a gold-selling hit and three Top Ten country singles with its self-titled debut in 1996, the group returned in 1997 with Blink of an Eye, which spawned three country chart entries, none of which got higher than the Top 20. They seemed poised for a third album in the fall of 1998 that even acquired a title, What a Ride, and a Columbia Records catalog number, 69198, but as a series of singles intended as advance tracks, "Honky Tonk Baby," "Can't Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That," and "Seven Bridges Road," failed to break into the Top 40, the release date somehow never arrived. Meanwhile, drummer Jeff Bryant and steel guitarist Teddy Carr were replaced. Finally, in the summer of 2000, a new single, "She's Gone," emerged and began climbing the country charts, and Columbia 69198, now called What You Leave Behind, got a firm release date, hitting record stores in the second week of September. As such a complicated history suggests it might, What You Leave Behind sounds like a collection assembled to find the band a hit single and stem its career decline. Ricochet's cover of Steve Young's "Seven Bridges Road," performed in a vocal harmony arrangement similar to the Eagles' 1981 hit version, has been retained, along with many of the Ron and Blake Chancey-produced tracks probably intended for What a Ride. ("Honky Tonk Baby" and "Can't Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That" are not included.) But a new producer, David Malloy, was brought in for a trio of songs, "She's Gone," "Do I Love You Enough," and "I Can't Believe (You Let Her Go)," which are sequenced first, second, and fourth, respectively, on the album. All three are light pop-country tunes with lyrics intended to please female listeners. Not that that constitutes a big change of direction for Ricochet, but it does put them squarely in the Lonestar mold, and it's striking that the closest thing to an aggressive, honky tonk tune on the album, the cover of Mickey Newbury's "Why You Been Gone So Long" (which was a 1969 country hit for Johnny Darrell), doesn't turn up until the seventh slot in the track listing. The overall result is a sweet, but fairly toothless effort. You can only hope that Ricochet will make a less bland, homogenous album next time; this time, their challenge was that if they didn't come up with a hit, there wasn't going to be a next time.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646919828
catalogNumber:
69198

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Performance Credits

Ricochet   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Richard Brannon   Bass
Dennis Burnside   Keyboards
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Leim   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Tom Roady   Percussion
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Robby Turner   Steel Guitar
James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Jimmy Nichols   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Derek Bason   Engineer
Kevin Beamish   Engineer
Blake Chancey   Producer
Ron Chancey   Producer
Rodney Good   Engineer
David Malloy   Producer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Luke Wooten   Engineer

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