Kathleen L. (katlupe) from OXFORD, NY Reviewed on 12/23/2006...
Dawn T. from MCCORDSVILLE, IN Reviewed on 10/29/2006...
Not his traditional cd, but still good.
Diverse, Well Written - Appeals to Country & Mainstream Fans
L.A. Scene | Indian Trail, NC USA | 11/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In the 1990s, the Country Music began to go through some transitions. Country music which had for the most part stayed in a vacuum began to go mainstream and embrace other genres of music. As a result, the sound started to change. By the end of the 90s, Country Music had full blown established music superstars in Shania Twain and Faith Hill. One may argue that Twain and Hill have deviated from their Country Music roots - and to some extent I can agree with that argument. I do think that other Country Music artists have found a way to go toward the mainstream while keeping to their Country Music roots. One such artist is Vince Gill, who proves his album "High Lonesome Sound" that it possible to go mainstream and keep to the roots of Country Music. In addition, Gill also proves that the end product can be something that is very enjoyable.
By no means do I consider myself a Country Music expert. The nice thing about "High Lonesome Sound" is that I believe it caters to a fan like myself that may not be deep into Country Music, but can appreciate many of the elements Country Music can bring to the table. While Gill's Country Music could be directed to a more casual fan like myself, I think Gill does an admirable job at addressing the fan who is deeper when it comes to the Country Music genre. Vince Gill also isn't afraid to explore some different directions - and I think this goes a long way for helping this become more appealing to the mainstream fan.
Gill assembles a nice cast of studio musicians to help him on this effort. The most noteable musician is Leland Sklar on Bass. Sklar is best known for being a part of Phil Collins "Serious" band. He was the long hair, long bearded bass player. Sklar does an admirable job on Bass on this collection. There are also some noteable vocalists that help Gill out. Patty Loveless does harmony vocals on "Given More Time" while Shelby Lynne lends vocals on the tune "You and You Alone". Lynne's vocals really connect well with Gill and I wish they would do more work together. Other vocalists, Jeff White and Kim Richey lend some terrific background vocals on multiple tracks.
The opening track is "One Dance With You". When you listen to "One Dance with You", there immediately is a feeling for a country sound. However, there almost is a Doo-Wop-ish type of theme to this song. This Doo Wop-ish theme can be heard in the melody as well as some of the names that are in the lyrics ("Peggy Sue", "Mary Lou", etc). This is a very nice track and appealed to a casual fan like myself.
The title track "High Lonesome Sound" appears on the collection twice. This is a very Country sounding tune that is a very catchy tune. This song is the second track and the last track. The difference is the latter track has Alison Krauss and Union Station helping out with this song. You will hear a stronger fiddle element on the latter track that will give it a much more of a "Dixie Music" feel to it. Alison Krauss plays fiddle on that track and also lends background vocals to both of the tracks. I find the earlier track is the one that will appeal to a more mainstream fan, but the latter track isn't bad either.
The most popular track is the ballad "Pretty Little Adriana". This is definitely a cross-over track. Although it does sound more Pop/Adult Contemporary-ish - the gentle melodies and powerful vocals of this song I still think remain true to the Gill's Country Music Roots.
Another song where Gill does things a bit different is the song "Down to New Orleans". While Gill explored a Dixie sound on the latter version of "High Lonesome Sound", Gill integrates some Jazz and Blues sounding elements into a definite "New Orleans" feel of a song. Once again, Gill doesn't abandon his Country Music Roots and the end result is another great product.
Gill also proves he can be an outstanding storyteller. This is shown on the track "Jenny Dreamed Of Trains". This is an oustanding written song by both Vince Gill and Guy C. Clark. A lot of this song reminds me of Dan Fogelberg. It has a Dan Fogelberg-like soft piano introduction for about one minute. The song then proceeds to be a story in which he tells the story of a girl named Jenny who had a love of trains and then deals with the decline of the railroads in the U.S.. Another song in which Gill tells a nice story is "Given More Time" in which Gill portrays himself as a Working Man trying to balance time with his family. The song "Worlds Apart" is also very well written and deals with a couple going through empty nest syndrome and starting to question the love between them. There is a pause a little after 4 minutes into the song - giving it a very powerful effect.
Another good track that is very enjoyable is "A Little More Love" is another example of a Country Music song that appealed to a mainstream fan like myself.
The liner notes do contain all of the lyrics to all of the tunes. They do a nice job at lining up the studio musician credits to each song. This album pretty much surprised me. I originally wanted it for the song "Pretty Little Adriana", but I ended up discovering so much more. I especially got hooked on the title track. I also discovered what a diverse musician and talent that Vince Gill is. I think this is the perfect album to introduce yourself to Vince Gill and I think Gill fans will not be disappointed with this collection. I'd recommend adding it to your collection."
Maintaining the expected quality
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 06/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Vince has a very distinctive voice, which he uses to good effect on this interesting collection. Vince wrote or co-wrote all the songs, which are an excellent mix of ballads, mid-tempo and up-tempo songs.Perhaps the strangest song is Jenny dreamed of trains, about a girl living near a deserted railroad. I wonder what inspired Vince to write this song, which was covered by John Denver for his train song album, All aboard.Two versions of the up-tempo title track are included, both with Vince singing lead and Alison Krauss sing harmony but with one featuring Alison Krauss's band, Union Station, giving the song a bluegrass treatment. Apart from Alison, other harmony singers featured on the album include Kim Richey (A little more love), Patty Loveless (Given more time) and Shelby Lynne (You and you alone).Other outstanding songs include Pretty little Adriana and Down in New Orleans, but every song here is worth hearing. While I don't regard this as Vince's best album (my favorite is When I call your name), it has much to commend it. No self-respecting fan of Vince's music should be without it."
My First Vince CD Won't Be My Last
sergio9603 | Hubbard, OH | 02/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this because of "Pretty Little Adriana" and "Worlds Apart", which are two of the prettiest songs I have ever heard from anybody. I ended up discovering some of Vince's most outstanding material that never got the attention it deserved. "You and You Alone" is a really good love song, and the 2 versions of "High Lonesome Sound" are one of a kind. I would recommend this album in a second, especially if you like songs with plenty of heart and true emotion."
Vince Gill Sings My Heart
D. Martin | Philadelphia, PA USA | 07/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love Vince Gill's music. His sweet, mellow vocals embrace you and take you on a journey of heart and soul. His musical versatility makes him a singer for all seasons. I highly recommend "High Lonesome Sound"!"
A great late 90s album from Vince.
David Jones | North Wales, United Kingdom | 09/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an incredible album. Vince's phrasing is amazing, his picking impeccable and his singing serene. Ostensibly a country artist, Vince composes and performs an excellent collection of titles from the blues-influenced, rock 'n' roll flavoured "One Dance With You" and the gentle ballad "Pretty Little Adriana" to the fantastic "Little More Love" and - one of my favourites - the moving "You and You Alone", a track which perfectly showcases not only his outstanding song writing ability, but also his vocal phrasing and his world-class electric guitar picking.
Other stand outs include the touching "Worlds Apart" and "Jenny Dreamed of Trains" - yet more examples of perfect melody and lyrics. The closing number is a reprise of the title track: Only this time it includes the hugely respected bluegrass artists Alison Krauss and Union Station. This album isn't just an outstanding collection of songs, the actual recordings - namely, the musicianship and vocal work - is second to none.
Despite being comparatively young - and still performing - it comes as no surprise that Vince Gill has now been placed in the Country Music Hall of Fame."