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  • Audio CD (October 4, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: October 4, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002A5J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Why Walk When You Can Fly
2. House Of Cards
3. Stones In The Road
4. A Keeper For Every Flame
5. Tender When I Want To Be
6. Shut Up And Kiss Me
7. The Last Word
8. The End Of My Pirate Days
9. John Doe No. 24
10. Jubilee
11. Outside Looking In
12. Where Time Stands Still
13. This Is Love

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The 1994 sequel to her mainstream country breakthrough on Come on Come On further underscores Mary Chapin Carpenter's true identity, more Ivy League folk rocker than new country cowgirl. Her coolly delivered, deeply felt songs include meditations on family, community, and social injustice without rant or cant, never more so than on the gently incisive midlife reflections of the title song, which filters historic milestones and childhood lessons through its delicate verses. Elsewhere, she sketches a heart-breaking, restrained speculation on the inner life of a blind, deaf mystery man ("John Doe No. 24") with the economy and detail of good short story. The set's many love songs are no less intelligent, emotionally authentic, or moving. Chapin Carpenter's elegant yet earthy alto is beautifully framed in the settings, coproduced with longtime collaborator John Jennings, that balance jangling guitars, rippling piano, occasional fiddle and crisp rhythm sections closer to the best of L.A. country rock than what normally emanates from Nashville. --Sam Sutherland

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Beautifully crafted songs, distinctive voice.
Kerry O. Burns
I fell in love with Mary Chapin Carpenter's work with the amazing 'Shooting Straight In The Dark' album.
Jeffrey
The songs on this one are some of her best, in my opinion.
elderberryjam

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Let me tell everyone out there, this is the best album I've ever listened to. I have always had a distant respect for Mary Chapin Carpenter but was not aware of much of her work. Because I recently used another Carpenter classic 'Grow Old with Me' as the first dance at my wedding, I decided to see her perform within weeks to learn more. What I found was an eye-opening experience. I recall after she played 'Stones in the Road' turning to my new bride and saying "that was a GREAT song". Later she told the story and played 'John Doe #24'. She had everyone captivated by this compassionate masterpiece which had people weeping and speechless. The following day I purchased my first 2 Carpenter albums - 'Come On, Come On' and 'Stones in the Road'. Her performance, and this album are, to borrow the commercial phrase, "priceless". The emotional roller-coaster ride that MCC puts you on will change you as long as you have the depth of character to allow it. If you are into soundbites, political correctness, and special-effect laden superficial movies you probably will not like this album. But for those of you who find the human spirit both joyous and disappointing, and are willing to peel back the layers of protective covering that we surround ourselves with, will not be without reward. 'Stones', 'John Doe 24', 'Where Time Stands Still', 'Jubilee', 'A Keeper for Every Flame'. All are tremendously written and the album is not without fun on 'Shut Up & Kiss Me'. This lady is something special. I beg everyone to get in touch with what it's all about, and this album will take you there ...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Though many reviewers compare Stones in the Road to her prior album (Come On, Come On), this album was my first exposure to Mary. I first bought it soon after it was released and have had it close to my stereo ever since. As a person who has wandered through artists and genres as the years have gone by I have never once grown tired of this album. I bought it before I met my wife and have now had it through seven years of marriage and two children.
Music means a lot of different things to people, and it means many different things to me personally, and I have come to the conclusion that Stones in the Road is about as perfect a compilation of songs and music as I've found by a modern artist. The music by itself is enchanting, thoughtful, and provides a diversity of emotive and poignant melodies. The lyrics by themselves are powerful poetry, and combined with the music they create songs that are incredibly significant in their simplicity and truthfulness.
This is a record that continues to teach me about life and love the more I listen to it. "Outside Looking In" epitomizes my years of being single and feeling alone and helps remind me of this when I look at others who are there now. "My Pirate Days" tells stories of reconciling youth to adulthood when adulthood doesn't seem to measure up. "Stones in the Road" answers questions about perspective and values. "John Doe No. 24" helps me in a small way to understand the world of my son who has autism. Some may find these songs to be too sentimental or not flashy or upbeat enough, but I strongly believe that there isn't enough music in the world like this that ponders the simple truths in life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
After riding high on the upbeat "Come On Come On" album, Mary Chapin followed that up with "Stones In The Road," a more mellowed out album. There are some upbeat tracks like the toe-tapping "Tender When I Want To Be" and the infectionous "Shut Up And Kiss Me," but this collection of songs contains slow to mid-tempo ballads. And they are the saddest songs I've ever heard. A story about a deaf and blind man who's identity and family were never known is in the song "John Doe No. 24" is a definite tear jerking. "Outside Looking In" is a sad look at harsh reality when dreams of love and marriage don't always come true. "Where Time Stood Still" is a song about reliving the past where happier events took place that seem long, lost, and forgotten. The title track, "Stones In The Road" take a close look at our society and how we take material things and status quo like an obsession. What makes these songs so sad is that they're true. This album gives a harsh look at reality and just goes to prove that she has good observation skills and all in all a great writer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. F Palmer on August 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have many excellent cds from all genres in my collection, but this is by far my favorite. Stones in the Road is a wonderful, thoughtful song reminding the listener that each action, each person makes a difference. Jubilee, Shut up and Kiss me and Pirate Days are fun songs I listen to and enjoy, while John Doe #24 is a heart wrenching song that startles me with it's beauty and heartbreak.

MCC has gone on to do at least 3 more cds since this was released (maybe more, I'm tired and not counting)and though they are all outstanding, this is my favorite. On Stones in the Road she mixes uptempo songs with slow, thought provoking and introspective ones, and she does it brilliantly.
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