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Kathleen L. (katlupe) from OXFORD, NY
Reviewed on 9/27/2006...
Trail of Tears -- The Return of Country Music
Renee Overton | Escondido, CA | 12/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fans met Billy Ray Cyrus when he burst on to the music scene, with the smash hit "Achy Breaky Heart," form his debut album "Some Gave All." Since that time I have purchased two more Billy Ray Cyrus albums. They are "Trail of Tears" and "Storm in the "Heartland." Billy Ray withdrew form the spotlight for about three years after the realease of his second album "It Won't Be the Last." It nearly was... The cleche, "Out of sight out of mind," comes to mind. "Trail of Tears" was a "comeback" album of medium success. I barely heard mention of it before it disappeared from the radio-waves. With "Trail of Tears" you have an album that returns to the fundamentals county with a little Bluegrass thrown in. You can tell when listening to the album "Trail of Tears" it's good.In the making of this album, you can tell they were not trying to duplicate the success of "Achy Breaky Heart." "Trail of Tears," is the return of true country music, with the style that "is" Billy Ray Cyrus.Recommended for the true country music fan."
One of country musics most daring performers!
DanD | 04/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Trail of Tears" is a standout album, even for Billy Ray Cyrus. Though not the best album of his career (I'd say "Time Flies" holds that mark), "Trail" was named #30 in Country Weekly Magazine's 100 Greatest Albums of the Past Ten Years (1994-2004). Why, you're thinking, would an album (which doesn't get any airplay anymore), be named so high? Buy it, and find out.BRC always excels on his albums. "Trail of Tears" is living proof. He also has a tendency to through together a mixture of music, while never making you doubt that he's country. The title track, for example, is basically a fancy bluegrass song; "Sing Me Back Home" is a good ol' traditional number; "Need a Little Help" is more than a little bluesy; "Harper Valley PTA" is a rocker; and "Three Little Words" is an emotional show-stopper.He also always manages to mix content. The affore-mentioned "Harper" is a remake of the classic, women's-rights anthem about a "Harper Valley widowed wife." Cyrus shines on it; Tom T. Hall's lyrics are delightful. "Call Me Daddy" holds no punches, about a kid praying to his dead father; "Three Little Words" does the same, with a man pleading with his lover. "Need A Little Help" seems simple at first; however, it's lyrics are intricate and intoxicating. "Truth Is I Lied" sticks it to the woman who's suppressed her man for so long; "Should I Stay" features a man pondering just which fork in the road he should take. "Tenntucky" (co-written by Mark Collie) is a country/rock masterpiece, despite a somewhat cheesy title.Billy Ray Cyrus's songwriting has never been world-class (he's no Kris Kristofferson), but he's better than most of his peers (and I think I just might include Toby Keith in there). On this album, BRC tells you--plain and simple--that he loves to rock, as long as it's country. Join him, if you haven't already. This album shows how a man can go from a radio friendly fashion statement ("Achy Breaky Heart," in case you didn't know immediately) to a statement of indepence--and superiority."