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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more step up!
As a songwriter who focuses on country/pop, I've followed Radney's career from duo to honkytonk to this latest effort. Sure I will miss the crafty accessible ballads, and uptempo kick songs he was writing for himself and others that were hits and were lightyears ahead of 80% of All Country Radio(as some of these reviewers have pointed out)...
But that said, how...
Published on September 29, 1999

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it were more country
This is a good CD, but not as good as his first two. The sound isn't very country, which I find disappointing. Why are so few singers putting out good old honky tonk? Still, I hope Radney doesn't wait 4 more years after this to release a new CD.
Published on June 16, 1999 by Susan Bumbalo


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more step up!, September 29, 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: See What You Want to See (Audio CD)
As a songwriter who focuses on country/pop, I've followed Radney's career from duo to honkytonk to this latest effort. Sure I will miss the crafty accessible ballads, and uptempo kick songs he was writing for himself and others that were hits and were lightyears ahead of 80% of All Country Radio(as some of these reviewers have pointed out)...
But that said, how can you not enjoy a gifted songwriter opening up a little and showing you his personal side? I love this album.
Each tune on this disc is memorable (with the possible exception of The Kiss) and while some have pop-type catchiness, most are introspective, hook-laden looks at Radney's life during the past four years, with a glimpse at hope for the future.
Buy this album. Play it for friends. Just like you were the 'first' to discover Dixie Chicks or Gin Blossoms or songwriters like Dillon, Daly, Lauderdale, Ewing, or Kostos, you'll be the first to 'discover' an old friend like Radney Foster dressed up in grungier, but more comfortable, clothes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Addictive, August 5, 1999
This review is from: See What You Want to See (Audio CD)
Having only heard Radney's music from country radio, I was very interested in hearing what a little rock shock could do. What comes through the speakers of my stereo is good music-uncategorizable, instense, and addictive. The total opposite vocals of Radney and Abra Moore in "I'm In," is a good contrast. "Folding Money" is one to kick up in your car, roll the windows down, and sing your lungs out to (can you tell I've done this already). :) One of my top three fave songs is "You Were So Right." What an amazingly written song! ;) I played the CD twice to one friend, who went and bought it an hour later. I lent it to a friend over the weekend, who returned it to me Monday after getting herself a copy. Radney has really made an impression on me. And being a Kim Richey fan too, it's great to hear powerful music coming from these artists at a time when we truely need it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums in any genre, June 20, 2000
This review is from: See What You Want to See (Audio CD)
It's been five years since Radney Foster released an album. During this time, his ex-wife remarried and moved with his only child to France. A custody battle ensued (Foster lost) that sucked up most of his creative energy. Foster eventually remarried and recharged his writing batteries, with See What You Want To See as the end result. Not surprisingly, it is his most personal release to date.
The hypnotic opener "I've Got A Picture" takes a "two sides to every story" look at divorce, while the beautiful closer "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)" offers an exquisite lullaby to his faraway son. In between, we find Foster learning to give love another chance with the breezy "I'm In" (boasting a sweet counterpoint by Deana Carter soundalike Abra Moore), then happily in love on the deceptively somber sounding "Raining On Sunday" (featuring tight harmonies by Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker on the chorus).
Throughout this album, there is more of an edge to Foster's music than ever before. This is impressively accomplished without sacrificing the melodic sense he has been known for since his hitmaking days with Foster & Lloyd in the `80s (the exception: "Folding Money" which is just plain noisy). Foster's voice has also grown a lot huskier since his last release(he now sounds like an in-tune Bob Dylan), which serves to heighten the dramatic impact of each song.
See What You Want To See isn't an easy album to categorize (country, aggressive pop, and roots rock are just some of the labels it has been given). What is easy to surmise is that it is one of the best releases of 1999.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece that gets better each time you listen to it!, June 13, 1999
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This review is from: See What You Want to See (Audio CD)
I actually just saw Radney in concert two days ago, although I have been a fan since his Foster & Lloyd days in the 80s. If you get a chance to see him live, take it....he is an engaging performer who really enjoys interacting with the crowd. Plus, he rocks far more aggressively than on his records! My wife, who hates country music, humored me and went along and is now a committed Radney fan! As for the CD, it shows tremendous growth from his previous efforts, both in his songwriting and in his vocal stylings. His CD Del Rio, TX is still one of my all-time favorites, but this CD is light-years beyond that in its willingness to chart new waters. It is admirable that he is willing to risk taking his work in new directions, when he could have just put out an album of Nashville drivel like the cookie-cutter "hat acts" that the record companies are promoting these days. The CD defies definition. It isn't quite country, not quite "roots rock" but yet it satisfies both genres. Radney Foster is truly one of the most underappreciated artists of the 90s and hopefully this album will provide the big commercial breakthrough that he so richly deserves. Buy this album! You will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough Release by an Underappreciated Artist, November 20, 1998
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This review is from: See What You Want to See (Audio CD)
Radney Foster remains, at this writing, a virtually unrecognized artist: musically too edgy and lyrically too emotionally revealing for most fans of country music, while too melodically country for other audiences. Audiences who are moved by artists like Mary-Chapin Carpenter will feel they've made a new discovery with his solo efforts.
"See What You Want To See" is his most personal, his most incisive, his most compelling work. It carries the listener through personal turmoil, bitterness, vulnerability, and ultimately hope. And like other works by Radney, the biting humor is never far away.
Darius Rucker harmonizes on "Raining on Sunday" to great effect; this better be an early single. "Folding Money" is full of attitude and swagger. And "Godspeed" demonstrates his deep love for his son.
His music on this CD is ready for adult alternative radio formats -- but will they give it a chance? If they don't -- if someone in radio doesn't -- it's a loss for all of us. This is a heartfelt, personal accomplishment, rich and insightful, a significant musical departure from previous recordings that were more traditionally country while deepening his lyrical resonance. It is reminiscent of the atmosphere of Harris' Daniel Lanois-produced "Wrecking Ball." His label better promote the hell out of this CD. Buy this, and then share it with five others. I trust they'll do the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for those who like to engage brains and heart., July 30, 1999
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This review is from: See What You Want to See (Audio CD)
After buying Del Rio, I waited patiently for this CD. If you listen to modern country on the radio, you may understand that this is the kind of music that top 40 country hates. It doesn't have a muscled studs or over-sexed vixens. (Does anyone in his right mind think Shainia is anything but PACKAGED well?) It doesn't reek of the lyrics on the radio that suggest that acting vulgar or over-sexed is equivalent to "grown-up." Now these lyrics are by no means destined for ivory tower discussions, but they are well-crafted in the same way that good poetry relies on its words to invite the listener in . Maybe he isn't the "best damn poet," but most of these words are just golden. Yet, it is the music to which these words are set that sets this CD apart. These arrangements are fresh: electric (I Got a Picture), acoustic (Sweet Dreams) , hip (Spending Money), and yes really sexy (Raining on Sunday). Will this CD get any airplay? Not likely. Do yourself a favor: get a few beers and put this CD on the player on repeat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a wasted moment......, March 1, 2000
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Steve B Geery (Lake Dallas, TX USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: See What You Want to See (Audio CD)
I can't recall the last time I put a CD in and was instantly captivated by every cut. This is one of the most powerful albums I have heard in years. Del Rio, TX 1959 was great, but in no way prepared me for this......Uncategorizable, as all the best music is!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foster Grabs your heart with this CD. Revolutionary work!!!, June 10, 1999
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This review is from: See What You Want to See (Audio CD)
I just want to say that I agree with everyone's reviews on this CD. I became a Radney fan with his first CD, "Del Rio, Texas 1959."
Radney is a great songwriter, but only now have I realized what he can do with his voice as well. His emotions, his life, have become a part of me, and I think he is absolutely one of the most talented artists in the music business to date. If only his record company will serve this CD justice, and push it hard until someone listens, then one day we will ALL know who this man is, and all you'll have to say is "RADNEY" for people to know who you're talking about.
These "cookie cut" songs coming out of Nashville by these lame new singers who can't even write one single song, are going to die one day. And what people will know then is what we Radney fans have known all along, that he is the "REVOLUTION."
If you are only checking this site out and don't know much about Radney, you should after reading these reviews. It will be the best money you've spent on a CD in a LONG TIME.
To all the fans out there, keep the faith. Call your local radio stations, contact his record company, Arista Austin, if you have to. Do anything you can to promote these songs, and make sure it doesn't just disappear into the woodwork like so many great artists' songs have in the past. Radney deserves at least that much from us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Country music at its finest..., December 16, 1999
This review is from: See What You Want to See (Audio CD)
This album earns Radney a pardon from the absolutely awful mess that was 'Labor of Love'. In this effort he returns to his roots and offers a brilliant collection of songs on par with his first solo album (Del Rio, TX 1959). Hopefully, he'll abandon further attempts to break into country top 40 radio play and settle in among an elite peer group of singer songer writers (Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, and a scant few others).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic That Fits In No Musical Category., August 15, 2003
This review is from: See What You Want to See (Audio CD)
This album defies description almost as well as it defies categorization. Which is not only why it should have been on the playlists of hundreds of rock/country/AOR radio stations, but on thousands CD storage units throughout the US.
By and large, Radney Foster's solo efforts have focused more on the country side of the country rock concept. But with this release, he has struck more of a true middle ground. In so doing, he has also struck pure gold, even if its sales never approach 500,000.
The songwriting is superb, the lyrics incredibly human without being the least bit pandering, the musicianship and production extraordinary. The combination makes for an album that has an absolutely timeless quality to it.
I am not a country music fan by any means -- at least, not in the traditional sense. Foster & Lloyd (along with kd lang and Lyle Lovett) were one of the few exceptions that found their way into my collection, because they managed to bring so many new influences together for their supposedly "country" music. This album is a throwback to that musical melting pot mentality.
But don't get me wrong. This is anything but a soundalike from those great albums of the early late 80s. This guy has grown up, and you can hear it in every lyric. He's figured out that even his wonderful telltale twang isn't the only way to tell a tale that shakes your foundation.
If he never makes another album this good, that's just fine. This is as good as the singer-songwriter genre gets. So whatever you do, don't buy this used. Mr. Foster deserves every penny for See What You Want To See.
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