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It was also largely ignored, however, and there have been but two original Milsap songs (on 40 #1 Hits) in the 13 years that have passed since then. Milsap has released only reworked or original hits collections, a live album, and a big band standards album (Just For a Thrill) since then.
Only dedicated Ronnie Milsap fans know any of this since Milsap has largely disappeared from the music scene, outside of concerts. Why?
This album shows that Milsap has not lost any of the talent that made him a superstar. It is of the same quality as True Believer-- only the country flavor has increased and the blues decreased. Milsap still showcases superb vocals with incredible range; although a little thinner, his voice seems to have gained more emotional resonance-- especially in the lower register.
My Life is another pop-leaning album by Milsap. It contains by my count 8 medium or up-tempo tunes and 3 ballads (My Life, If It's Gonna Rain, and Somewhere Dry). Like most Milsap albums, the vocal arrangements are stellar and there are plenty of interesting keyboard and guitar licks.
Unlike some other other reviewers, I find the song material strong (save for Local Girls), with above-average lyrics. Others have mentioned If It's Gonna Rain already-- it's a great Milsap ballad and My Life, also strong. I also especially like the driving cuts Time Keeps Slipping Away and It's All Coming Back to Me Now.
All in all, this is a great album--- if not up to the impossible standards of Milsap's 80's albums. Whether the album helps bring Milsap back into the public eye or not, I don't know. But I do know that having a new Ronnie Milsap album that sounds like he was never gone is a true blessing.
Let's hope we don't have to wait over a decade for the next one.
It takes more than just pure luck for a 62 year-old visually impaired veteran to still be releasing a major label offing in today's musical culture with its penchant for glamour, youth and looks. Rather, such tenacity is due to the legendary vocal prowess of this multi-Grammy award winner. Vocally, Milsap's is in tip top position: when he dips into his lower registers, there's a haunting swampy blues feel that would make B. B. King proud. And his upper registers rips with operatic ruptures that few country artists are capable of emulating. This may explain why there may be many Haggard and Jones clones, but when it comes to Milsap, he's just peerless. Unlike many fossils of yesteryear who have become contented to revel in past glories, Milsap has enlisted the best of today's songwriters (e.g., Donny Kees, Dean Dillon, Rivers Rutherford, Marc Beeson, Bob Dipero among others) to provide the vehicle that ought to tidal him back into the charts. Produced by Alan Jackson's helmsman Keith Stegall, the backing is fresh and tight, but still bearing Milsap's patented blues-pop sensibilities.
When it comes to the songs, there's a paucity of bad tunes, meaning that each of these 11 entries are potential stand alone singles themselves. Best of which is the Dean Dillon, Scotty Emerick and Donny Kees, "If It's Gonna Rain," a George-Strait type of a ballad that has Milsap's perfectly capturing the angst of heartbreak elucidated graphically via the rain motif. "Every Fire," first cut by Restless Heart, continues with the theme of romance at its tail end over an understated yet gorgeous acoustic melody.Read more ›
Unfortunately, though Milsap is in fine vocal form, the songs lack the lyrics or arrangements of earlier Milsap recordings, leaving the singer to "fend for himself" on the smoothness of his voice alone. A third of the songs are worthy ("You Don't Know My Love," "Why Can't I," "A Day in the Life of America," "Somewhere Dry," and the bouncing "Local Girls), but the rest seem interchangeable "fluff" from a singer of incredible depth and soul.
But, because it is Milsap, I can't give him less than four stars.
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Ronnie is the best singer.. Love his albums and his talent.. He should be a super star I have seen him in concert totally awesome!Published on December 5, 2013 by Gary Douglas
Ronnie Milsap one of the living legends of Country Music proves with this album that after thirty-five years and counting up he still remains as a true Country stylist, his... Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by steelholler
This is my first non-five star that has nothing to do with omitted hits or the exact same tracks/track listings. Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by Danny Green
Just returned from Ronnie's concert and there was the CD...great timing.
Arrived in great shape...Thanks,
I've been a milsap fan for many years. Thought this cd has the Milsap
sound that can't disapoint. Ronnie selects great material.
Very enjoyable to listen to. Ronnie Milsap delivers his newestest album with the style he is known for. Like all the songs very much!Published on June 26, 2007 by Vicki P. Mosier
Ronnie still has what it takes to be a force in country music! You won't be disappointed with this one! It has the songs that will stand up along with his oldies. Love it!Published on March 21, 2007 by Terri B. Klingman
Milsap's new CD justifyably replaces him on the pop/country charts. His new songs are full of the emotion and good music that made him a star. Read morePublished on March 10, 2007 by A. Collins
While it's true that only two or three of the songs in this collection really seem like modern classics, it's still a very enjoyable album overall. Read morePublished on January 14, 2007 by A. Gammill