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Behind every great artist are great songs and Radney Foster has never had trouble writing great songs. Through the years he has had his songs sung by Keith Urban, Pat Green, Hootie & the Blowfish, Brooks and Dunn, The Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney and most recently, Sara Evans. Radney is one of the Godfathers of the Texas Music Movement, but it is writing and recording his own songs where Foster finds himself most at home and that's where we catch up with him on This World We Live In, the follow-up to 2002's Another Way To Go.

As the centerpiece and thematic heart of Radney Foster's mix of rock and reflection, "Half of My Mistakes" sounds like an instant classic, a celebration of how the missteps can lead you places you wouldn't have gone otherwise and make you who you are. Similarly, the closing "Never Gonna Fly" reinforces the sense that you can't reap rewards without taking some risks, that you have to stumble in order to soar. With a backing band including guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer Charley Drayton (who worked together on Keith Richards's solo albums), ace session bassist Bob Glaub, and Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffe, Foster takes some chances here that don't always pay dividends. He pushes the cliché of the intoxicating kiss to the extreme on the Stones-ish opener, "Drunk on Love," while "The Kindness of Strangers" revisits the hooker with a heart of gold in less-than-convincing fashion. Dreamier fare such as "I Won't Lie to You" and "Fools That Dream" (with gorgeous vocal counterpoint from Kim Richey) shows the benefit of a lighter touch, and "Big Idea" just lets 'er rip. --Don McLeese

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on April 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Playing Time - 40:29 -- Radney Foster's third album on the Dualtone label continues in the finest tradition of the Texas music mystique that incorporates elements of country, rock, R&B, and folk. A songwriting craftsman, Foster probably has a vision of touching both young and old audiences with his vigorous and eclectic music. He also seems to display a loose and laid-back manner with his contemplative Texas hill country music, as well as with his more raucous honky-tonkin'. I wonder if he's really as much of a free spirit as his lyrics seem to indicate. Produced by Darrell Brown and engineered by Niko Bolas, the recording sessions depended on the formidable assistance of friends Waddy Wachtel (electric guitar), Charley Drayton (drums), Rami Jaffe (Hammond organ, keys), and Bob Glaub (bass). Various guests add background vocals, as well as electric guitar, strings, and additional percussion.

Striving for a more "live, old-school feeling," the songs were arranged right in the Van Nuys studio, and the "rootsy" tracks were cut in two days. Simplicity with expert musicians is an ideal thing for music like this. Foster owes his own influences to a wide range of predecessors like Buck Owens to The Beatles, Burt Bacharach to Guy Clark. But, in finest Texas troubadour tradition, Foster has found a niche of his own that illustrates that a wise marriage of country music with other influences can result in a fashionable, trendy product without severely compromising a genre's origins or precedent.

With both memorable melodies and poignant messages, "The World We Live In" is a thrilling ride. Songs like "Drunk on Love," "Kindness of Strangers," "Never Gonna Fly," "Prove Me Right," "New Zip Code" and "Half of my Mistakes" are immediately appealing and all pack a punch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on August 15, 2006
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Foster has had several overlapping and parallel careers. He made his initial splash as a songwriter, providing material for Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Ricky Van Shelton, Tanya Tucker and others. This led to a partnership in the successful duo Foster & Lloyd and a trio of albums for RCA. When the pair split, Lloyd worked on a power-pop solo career, while Foster continued his songwriting and began hosting "Crossroads" on CMT. In addition to landing songs with Sara Evans ("A Real Fine Place to Start"), Collin Raye ("Anyone Else"), the Dixie Chicks ("Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)" and "Never Say Die"), Foster began a solo career in 1992.

After three albums for RCA, Foster moved to Dualtone, where he's previously released one live and one studio album. This, his third, finds the singer-songwriter backed by a stellar pick-up band of carefully selected players, including guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Bob Glaub, and drummer Charlie Drayton. This is not your typical studio crew, and the difference is startling; this is a lot rootsier production than 2002's "Another Way to Go." Wachtel's guitar is ever more expressive than the typical Nashville chart reader, and Glaub and Drayton form a rhythm section whose beat is as much expression as a meter of convenience.

Foster's latest batch of tunes includes the electric country-blues "Drunk on Love," the soulful love song "Sweet and Wild," the straight-up honky-tonk two-step of "Big Idea," and the punchy Texas country of "Prove Me Right." Kim Richey's backing vocal and Wachtel's guitar solo are perfect accompanists for the introspective coming-of-middle-age assessment and pragmatic acceptance of "Half of My Mistakes, and Foster's words are touching in the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold vignette "The Kindness of Strangers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Vesco on October 29, 2006
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If you looked up 'Songsmith'in the dictionary, there is where you should find a picture of Radney Foster!

This is my absolute favorite CD puchase of the year, not 1 song that's less than great. I can't remember another CD i've purchased in a long, long time that, song for song, I've enjoyed this much.

Trust me, your ears are in for a treat.
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Radney Foster grows on me every time he puts something new out, and this newest effort is phenomenal. It is the ONLY thing that has been on the CD player or the MP3 for weeks (making the spouse just a little more than crazy). I wish he could get the air time he deserves on mainstream radio. While he receives accolades as a writer, for whatever reason he just isn't getting onto the radio - perhaps because he has chosen to follow his roots and not go Hollywood, or perhaps because Foster appears to be the quintessential family man and just doesn't do many live shows.

"Fools That Dream" - what a haunting message and melody with Kim Richey lending a beautiful harmony. Interestingly, I wasn't as taken with of "Half of My Mistakes", which the editorial review brands and instant classic and which I understand is actually being played over the radio, although I do identify with the lyrics. "Drunk on Love" is just fun! Loud, crashing, good ole Texas music. "New Zip Code" - well, we've all been there, or at least had the feeling that we wanted to pack our life up and move it on down the road.

I, too, would have liked more fiddle, but the overall effort here is spectacular. I'll be interested to hear what his acoustic only CD sounds like that is only available on his website at this time...but I've never met a Radney Foster melody I didn't like, so I'm sure it will be as superb as this CD.

Try it. It took me about three times of listening to it for it to finally hit me that this is probably RF's finest moment. Just great listening all the way around.
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