Vince Gill is deeply in love. It's hard to imagine an adolescent in the throes of first crush sounding any giddier than Gill does on this mash note of an album to new wife Amy Grant (who returns the devotion with a duet on... more » "When I Look into Your Heart"). Though romantic rapture doesn't necessarily produce lesser music than heartbreak, the mushiness of "Feels Like Love," "The Luckiest Guy in the World," and "Look What Love's Revealing" is wince-worthy rather than Vince-worthy (particularly in comparison with his previous album, 1998's deeply moving The Key). Sentiments such as "We hold hands walking and spend all night talking and make love as the sun starts to rise" would better have been confined to pillow talk. Here's wishing the happy couple all the best, while hoping that Gill has gotten the sappiest album of his career out of his system. --Don McLeese« less
Vince Gill is deeply in love. It's hard to imagine an adolescent in the throes of first crush sounding any giddier than Gill does on this mash note of an album to new wife Amy Grant (who returns the devotion with a duet on "When I Look into Your Heart"). Though romantic rapture doesn't necessarily produce lesser music than heartbreak, the mushiness of "Feels Like Love," "The Luckiest Guy in the World," and "Look What Love's Revealing" is wince-worthy rather than Vince-worthy (particularly in comparison with his previous album, 1998's deeply moving The Key). Sentiments such as "We hold hands walking and spend all night talking and make love as the sun starts to rise" would better have been confined to pillow talk. Here's wishing the happy couple all the best, while hoping that Gill has gotten the sappiest album of his career out of his system. --Don McLeese
Ignore the Professional Critics - What Do They Know?
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 05/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's so funny that the so-called "critics" of the music world have blasted this album for being too mushy and too sentimental. Good Lord, people. What is romantic music supposed to be? This CD is a refreshing change from the banality and immaturity of most of the pop ballads circulating today. And why don't people stop criticizing artists who step outside of their normal realm to record something different? Look at Linda Ronstadt, Barbra Streisand, Gary Morris, and countless others whose voices have leant themselves to explore their talents in other genres of music! So, with that said, fans, just enjoy this Vince Gill album. Whether you approve or care about his marriage to Amy Grant, it doesn't matter. The music on this album is really very, very good. I think it's one of his best albums. "Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye," is one of the nicest sounding country songs I've heard in ages. He doesn't scream, he doesn't moan and groan; he just expresses his love in his usual graceful tenor. So, critics, you go on and blast albums like these and us melody-hungry fans will continue to eat them up!"
Gill makes happy music, but good music
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Those who love the traditional, heart-wrenching country ballads to which Vince Gill's voice is so well suited, may be disappointed with this new album full of happy songs. And unlike his last cd, steel guitars are conspicuously absent from this new collection. There are only hints of banjo and fiddle on some of the songs. But who could blame him? His last album, The Key, was a traditional country masterpiece, and radio wouldn't play it. DJ's snubbed the beautiful duet w/Patty Loveless, even after it won a CMA award. It's not surprising his next album would be more pop-flavored. Fans of Gill's music, however, know that this is not much of a departure for him; High Lonesome Sound was thought to be a bluegrass album only to those who just heard the title track. There were other styles featured, including jazz and blues. And some of his biggest hits were pop and rock-flavored. Vince Gill is versatile, that's clear, and even though he is currently riding an emotional high, the artist in him still knows how to make good music, and it's here in this cd. His voice is as good as ever, and goes into the falsetto effortlessly on "For The Last Time". I especially liked "Feels Like Love" with its bouncy rhythm and Gill's signature guitar wizardry, and the perfect waltz : "The Luckiest Guy in the World" has such a sweet melody that it stays in your head. Then there's the duet with Amy Grant: "When I Look Into Your Eyes". Their voices do not blend to make a third voice like the Vince Gill/Patty Loveless harmonies do, but it is nonetheless pleasing to the ear. Gill's daughter Jenny enhances "That Friend of Mine" with her background vocals. She's got a great voice. A bunch of happy songs listened to one after another, may be too gooey for you, but individually, on their own merits, each song is well written and well executed. This album is well worth the money and the time you invest in it."
Linda | Texas | 04/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was unsure of this CD before I bought it. The reviews I had read were not favorable. I had read mushy, giddy, and he should have keep it in the bedroom. The reviewers were correct. It is all of these things and I love it. His marriage to Amy Grant was highly visable. Everyone is connecting every song with his love for Amy. I am listening right now to a song by Tim and Faith and the lyrics go something like this. I want to make love to you all night until the sun comes up. I want to feel you in my soul. No one has ever commented on their songs as being to mushy or giddy. Vince's new CD is very worth the buy. His duel with Amy is very good. His song "That Friend of Mine" with Jenny singing backup could not be better. Some songs rock, some are bluesy and some are just downright terriffic. His guitar playing is exceptional, as always. This album is not as country as "The Key" but who cares. Vince is as always the best. Linda from Texas"
A must-have for romantics!
Gennie Bailey | Savannah, Georgia United States | 01/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...Yes, Vince is love and it shows, so why shouldn't he share these wonderful feelings with the rest of the world? If you want my opinion, there's no-one better to sing a good love song than Vince. It's almost his specialty. That's why I enjoyed this CD so much. Vince's happiness in his personal life project into his music and what we're served with is 12 wonderful, passionate, heartfelt songs. Every song on the album is fantastic, but I do have a few personal favorites. They include the following:"Feels Like Love": This is such a great song! It's a fun, upbeat tune about how a woman makes a man feel. "Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye": Hands-down my favorite track on the CD! I still don't understand why this wasn't a hit on radio. It's typical Vince: romantic, soft, and passionate. It's almost as if he's singing directly to you when you hear it. Such a beautiful song. It had so much potential. Such a shame radio overlooked it. "When I Look Into Your Heart": This song strays a bit from country to the adult contemporary side, but that's not a bad thing. Here Vince duets with new wife Amy Grant and it's just magic. Their voices blend so beautifully and you can hear the love they have for one another on this track. "Shoot Straight From the Heart": Yet ANOTHER song overlooked by radio! This is a killer song! It's another upbeat song about looking at life in a positive light and trusting in the one you love to help you through. And finally, there's "Hey God", Vince's tribute to golf buddy Payne Stewart, who died in October 1999 of a plane crash. Here Vince is talking to God about how good of a friend Payne was and how he'll be missed by family and friends. It'll bring a tear to your eye for sure. In short, "Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye" is a wonderful album and should've been a bigger hit. I think too many people were making a big deal about Vince's love life and forgot to REALLY listen to the songs. If you're a Vince fan or just a fan of a good country love song, you should have this album. ... it's very good. Gennie Bailey-Rogers"
So what if he's happy and his music shows it, he's entitled
Lynn Allen | Big Rock, TN | 07/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't believe some of the reviews I have read. I think this cd is awesome, and I listen to it all the time. Why should Vince be singled out because he's in love? Making love till the sun comes up sounds good to me. It's not any different than Tim and Faith singing it to each other. True, it's not a traditional Vince cd, but hey, I think he's entitled to sing about being in love. There is no one more dedicated to country music, and it's roots, then Vince. I'm sure he will prove that in the days and years to come. Give the man a break. Hey, at least he didn't change his name, find an alter ego, and sing about that. I'd much rather hear about him being in love. I wish him and Amy all the happiness in the world, and want him to know that the first time I heard the cd, I knew he and Amy had made the right choice. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being in love, and wanting to sing about it. I would recommend, and have done so, the cd to anyone that cares anything about Vince and his music."