(MCA Records, 1996)
by Barbara A. Lopatin
It seems country fans either love Vince or don't, this is mostly because the 'die-hard' fans don't think he's really all that country. Well I'm happy to say his latest CD will have even the most devoted country fans dancin' and singin' along. There are 11 tracks on this CD, six of which he wrote, and the other five he co-wrote. He said he wanted to see what
it'd be like to do a whole project where he had a hand in writing everything...and, as usual, he shows his talent is multi-faceted.
High lonesome sound has something for everyone, from the bluesy sounding "One Dance With You"...warning, you can't sit still for this one; to the "hillbilly," bluegrass number, "High Lonesome Sound." Vince included two different versions of the title track, one done with Alison Krauss & Union Station, playing and singing along (giving it a decidedly more bluegrass feel), to Vince singing and playing with his band with Alison
singing harmony, toning it down ever so slightly. Great for the non-country fans who love Vince too.
Did I say something for everyone? "Down to New Orleans" will leave you feeling like
you've just visited the French Quarter, with its funky beat and sound that will leave you in awe once again of Gill's incredible versatility. All of this in preparation for an upbeat, soulful, R&B number in "Tell Me Lover." Not to disappoint though, Vince gives us classic country at its best, performed with Patty Loveless singing harmony in "Given More Time."
No Vince Gill CD would be complete without what he's most famous for, his ballads and love songs...in "You and You Alone" (with Shelby Lynne singing harmony) you'll find the ultimate in both, and it will leave you wanting more. "Pretty Little Adriana" gives it to you and doesn't let you down; of course if you need a song to remind you of how lucky you are or to be mournful with "Worlds Apart" is the one for you...faded love and all of its pain and sadness gives you a good "cry" song.
Combine all of these with "A Little More Love," a great, fun, dance tune that leaves you feeling upbeat and ready to dance, and "Jenny Dreamed Of Trains," a song that Vince has been performing live in concert for years and you have a diverse collection of one fine singer, songwriter and musician.
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