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Around The Bend

Randy TravisAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning icon Randy Travis is set to release his 21st studio album October 1st on Warner Bros. Records titled Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am. Travis and his music has been a major influence to other country artists throughout his celebrated career thus far. In his new album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, Travis looks back at some of the songs and artists ... Read more in Amazon's Randy Travis Store

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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner/Reprise Cntry Adv
  • ASIN: B0014CDCJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Around the Bend
2. You Didn't Have a Good Time
3. Every Head Bowed
4. Love is a Gamble
5. Faith In You
6. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
7. Dig Two Graves
8. Turn It Around
9. From Your Knees
10. Everything That I Own (Has Got a Dent)
11. 'til I'm Dead and Gone

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Randy Travis has recorded the perfect country album...again for 2008. This is the first genuinely Country album since 1999 from superstar Randy Travis. For the man who led the New Country Traditionalist movement, his album, Around The Bend, is the continuation of an enormously popular career. North Carolina-born Randy Travis changed the face of Country music and he helped reconnect the genre with its authentic roots. It all started with Storms Of Life, the four time Grammy winner's 1986 #1 debut LP and Country's first ever multiplatinum album.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CURE FOR THE COUNTRY IDENTITY CRISIS July 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Let's face it. Country Music is a mess right now as a raft of new "talent" attempts to take the genre by storm with no more real Country Music involved than you would find among a group of hit rappers from Motown!

Reenter one of Country Music's greatest modern performers: Randy Travis. AROUND THE BEND should reestablish Travis as the consummate Country star he is and has always been. This album is vintage Randy Travis and, as such, every track makes it onto my favorites list. There simply isn't a bad track here!

So, is this one for all Country fans? As I noted in the beginning, the Country identity crisis will dictate that most of the new arrivals will find Travis' music far too conventionally Country for their liking. And that's just fine.

But, if you're tired of trying to figure out what is going on with Country Music, AROUND THE BEND will set things straight for you.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Randy Travis' "Bends" the Right Way July 15, 2008
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Prime Cuts: Dig Two Graves, Faith in You, Love is a Gamble

Years ago Randy Travis used to canvass the country chart with hits such as "I Told You So," "Look Heart, No Hands," and "Whisper My Name" amongst many others. However, ever since 2003's "Three Wooden Crosses," Travis has yet to reach the turret of the country singles chart. Looks like this portentous dry spell is not about to lift anytime soon, considering that this album's lead single "Faith in You" failed to find traction with country radio and missed the Billboard country singles chart completely. Such an atrocity is unforgivable given that "Faith in You" is a gorgeous string-laden ballad that testifies to love's instigative prowess to those downtrodden by the wails of life's cares. Brimming with religious overtones, "Faith in You" can function both as a love song to Jesus as well as to a significant other. Though this CD is this former CMA Male Vocalist of the Year's return to commercial country music since 2004's "Passing Through," Travis often weaves his religious faith into these paeans giving them a spiritual depth and dimension that is often inspirational.

Despite its morbid sounding title "Dig Two Graves" is a story song coming from the pens of Bob Regan and Ashley Gorley about the blissfulness of marital love. Though it's a solid ballad with spades of emotional investiture from Travis' sensitive delivery, "Dig Two Graves" may not be the best follow-up single. After all, its proximity in terms of its tempo and sentiments to "Faith in You" may not be advantageous after radio's tepid response. Much better in terms of single potential is Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine--although not perfect--return to form. July 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Randy Travis's AROUND THE BEND isn't a perfect country album...although it's pretty darn close. There are a few tracks that don't quite live up to expectations: the cliched "Love is a Gamble," the ramblin' closer "'Til I'm Dead and Gone," the heard-it-before "Turn It All Around."

The thing is...those tunes don't way the album down at all. The strength of the other songs--particularly the ones I'm about to mention--carry the album to the heights we might expect. I mean, let's face it: a Randy Travis album is gonna be listenable, at the very least. The guy is perhaps the greatest singer in the past 25 years of country music history. His voice conveys so much emotion, he can turn a stereotyped clunker into a masterpiece.

Fortunately, the writing here is (for the most part) so strong, he doesn't need to work that hard (an obligatory plug for Travis's own songwriting, though none is featured on this album: the man can write...and should, much more often). "You Didn't Have a Good Time" and "Faith in You" are outright killers; they'll go for you heart and leave you thinking. "Every Head Bowed" is a nice witty number (sung with a tongue planted firmly in his cheek, and a twinkle in his eye), as is "Everything That I Own (Has Got a Dent)." Even his cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's All Right" is a nice change of pace, turning the slightly-country folk tune into a slightly-folky country shuffle.

Overall, AROUND THE BEND is a wonderful return to form for Randy Travis. There's still the Christian themes that newer listeners may expect, but we also have some of the old twang-and-steel country that long-time fans have come to admire (and, let's face it, miss a little).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RANDY TRAVIS IN A HEARTFELT, POWERFUL COUNTRY SET July 15, 2008
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Five BIG Stars!! Honesty, Authenticity, and THE VOICE. The CD "Around the Bend" catches Randy Travis in a 2008 country set that is one of his best ever and one of the best country CDs of the year. The artist that first lifted country music into the multi-platinum-selling stratosphere with Storms of Life" has come up 'aces' once again. After a number of gospel CDs, including Glory Train, Mr Travis returns to his neo-traditionalist country roots with a smoothly programmed set of 11 emotionally-charged country songs that range from honky-tonk, ballads, blues, gospel, and a little humor, with his strong faith on prominent display throughout. The overall production values of this CD makes Randy Travis' return to Warner Brothers Records a highly enjoyable experience.

The 'best of the best' begins with the title song "Around the Bend" that goes in and out of tempo with some amazing, declarative singing by Randy bolstered by the blazing fiddle of Larry Franklin over a hot back-beat. Randy creates a hard-swinging country version of the Bob Dylan classic "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" with the Travis baritone giving new nuances while pushing deep bottom notes in the bass range. Humorous things happen through the eyes of a kid in church on "Every Head Bowed", "taters" and all. "Faith in You" is an expression of pure faith in good things and a special person that is a classic timeless country ballad. (and it landed on my iPod) The sizzling "'Till I'm Dead And Gone" has Randy cutting loose, singing some clever lyrics with the band doing some inspired picking (also went straight to my iPod): a great performance that is not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music
Travis has one of the best voices of the era - his choice of songs to present, and sincere presentation make every album a great one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
Once in a while he goes for a ride but most of the time my husband is the one who really listens to music a lot, most of the time while he excersizes. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sandy C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Randy Travis is great
I bought this CD for my Mom, but I downloaded it to my computer because I loved it as well. Sender mailed quickly and was in excellent condition
Published on December 30, 2011 by Sandra J. Truog
4.0 out of 5 stars Randy Travis Review of Around The Bend
This is another great album of music by Randy. There is not one bad song on this whole disc. My favorite song is Don't Think Twice, It's Alright, a remake of the Bob Dylan song. Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by Christopher J. Asaro
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the old Randy
Not the Randy Travis from 80's or 90's, this is rather slow and draggy. Heavy on Christian Music which is not bad just not expected when he is trying to come back to his country... Read more
Published on September 23, 2008 by Lenora Carver
5.0 out of 5 stars Randy is the best
What can I say about Randy's latest release?? He not only revitalized country, but he continues to stay true to country. Read more
Published on September 6, 2008 by Lori A. Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Around the Bend
Loving Randy Travis' music as I do I was glad to hear this more country theme to this cd. I love the last five gospel ones he has made but, also enjoy the country sound.
Published on September 1, 2008 by E. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
We enjoy Randy Travis very much and this CD of his; which is new is
very good. Does a fantastic job of songs on this CD.
Published on August 28, 2008 by Walter R. Keeck Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Randy
This is the best Randy Travis release in a long, long time. It's varied, fun, spiritual and down home country.
Published on August 28, 2008 by Norine M. Christian
4.0 out of 5 stars Randy's Back And In Fine Form
I got a little lost along the way with the soundtrack CD (Wind In The Wires) and christian phase, but PTL Randy's back in fine traditional country form. Read more
Published on August 27, 2008 by David G. Marut
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