Questionable Song Selection
jekyllnhyde | NJ | 02/09/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Travis is a master at everything from soft country ballads to southern rock. This collection supposedly concentrates on the latter. However, a couple of tracks here don't fit the theme while a couple of obvious choices were overlooked. "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'", Travis's duet with Marty Stuart, is included here. While this is a good song & I like it a lot, it's nothing more or less than a honky-tonk country song. Not very "rockin'". Travis's cover of the Eagles' "Take It Easy" is also here. Again, nothing against the song. But just because it's by a "country rock" band doesn't necessarily qualify it as a "rockin'" song. Actually, it's pretty easygoing (hence the title).
On the flip side, where's "Homesick", unquestionably Travis's hardest-rocking song & one of his very best? This was an absurd omission. A case can also be made for "Southern Justice", a moody, almost Bad Company-ish song with a "rockin'" chorus.
The new isn't all bad, though. There are great country-rock & southern-rock tracks here, such as "Put Some Drive in Your Country" (in which he pays tribute to Duane Allman), & Travis's hard-charging cover of the great Jude Cole song "Start the Car". Other very good tracks here include "Looking Out For Number One", "Blue Collar Man" & "Hard Times and Misery". Taken as simply a collection of Travis Tritt songs, this is an excellent cd. But given it's "rockin'" theme, it could've been a lot better."
Ass kicking "yiaaaah" rock&roll with a touch of country
Kurt Olav Helle | Lonevåg, Osteroy Norway | 01/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Travis Tritt is more of a country & western artist, but on this one much of the songs has an ass kicking" yiaaaah" rock and roll feel over it with a stream of country on some of the tracks, as they are the weakest one on this CD. But how can you possible go wrong when you use Little Feat as a backing band on tracks like the "fast moving" Bible Belt, (Track 3). The ones i realy like is rock and roll tunes like that which shows the rock and roll side of Travis Tritt. Maybe we can call it "foot stomping" rock & roll, with a dash of hard rock feel. Like Track 2 T.R.O.U.B.L.E which sometimes has the magic of Jerry Lee Lewis with the "humping" and "stomping" over the piano, with enough woooha and yiaah to make youre feet move automatically to the rythm. Skip trough the slower ones, which doesnt show his "real rockin side" . Sorry to say i don`t like his version of the Eagles hit Take it Easy, otherwise this is a fine collection which realy shimmering one most of the tracks, on the "rockin" side, but not one the slower ones which doesnt has the right "rockin sting"."