01. PICK UP THE OARS AND ROW 02. FOUR WALLS 03. THAT WAS US 04. ANGELS 05. RUNNING BEHIND 06. MY DADDY NEVER WAS 07. A PLACE TO HANG MY HAT 08. RIGHT ON TIME 09. MY POOR OLD HEART 10. I'M YOUR MAN 11. TRAIN LONG GONE 12. I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR EYES
Record Label Word Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.1" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Release Date Nov 9, 2004
Publisher WORD ACCT# W41160193
ISBN 0012131512 EAN 0080688634827 UPC 080688634827
I give Randy lots of credit, fighting a stupid record label because they think that if he puts out a christian CD that sales will tank, well guess what 4 CD's later, I hope he puts out another one! And good riddance to the stupid record executives that tried to tell him otherwise.
Country music and christianity have deep roots. This CD is a return to music for Randy that isn't gospel, BUT this is a great CD.
The song Angels is probably going to end up being requested a lot on Mother's Day. It is a modern version that can replace Jimmy Deans "Mother IOU", since nowadays country music stations refuse to play classic old country.
There is not a single song on this CD that is bad, but don't buy this CD if you are looking for things along the lines of the CD's "Rise and Shine" "Inspirational Journey" "Glory Train" or "Worship and Faith" because this is classic Randy.
Passing Through Sep 6, 2005
I really love the new Passing Through CD. The radio station here has been playing Angels alot There are several others songs on the CD that deserves the upmost attention. GREAT CD!!!!!!!!!! Kathy
He's Back!!! Jun 30, 2005
I loved this new album! It is so signature Randy Travis with a Twist of Faith mixed in. Perfect balance of the two. Not really totally country or Gospel. Great lyrics, and melodies. This takes me back to the late 80's. I sure miss those times when country music was GREAT!
Worth EVERY penny! Apr 14, 2005
I absolutely love Randy Traivs. He is, without doubt, the finest voice today and one of the greatest artists of all time. Although I am a new fan, I eagerly awaited the arrival of this CD and was not dissapointed.
It's hard to start when reviewing this album. I will start off by saying that it is another special one, just like Rise and Shine and Worship and Faith. I must say Randy's last three albums on the "Word" label are his finest- both musically, vocally, and artistically. It seems that radio and television, however, are completely ignoring him- no doubt due to his professed faith in Jesus. Randy has truly shown a change in his life and sometimes I feel GAC, CMT, and many country radio stations are purposely NOT playing his videos and songs (when the Raise Him Up video was released, GAC gave it very little air time compared to new ones from other popular artists at the time. Country radio has also refused to play his single "Four Walls", even when I and others requested it.) They are missing a true gem.
Randy's music is set apart first by his vocal capabilities. His voice is now more emotive than ever, touching the heart and sometimes bringing one to tears. He has reached the heights of musical expression, and some of these songs are quite haunting, like "My Daddy Never Was." This number portrays the plight of a drunk father who wants help with his addiction and cries that he only wants to be a good father. His wife leaves and finds another man at church, and all seems hopeless until the end. This song could never leave my mind for days. The emotion Randy puts into it makes the listener feel the pain and desparation of the man in the song.
"Four Walls" is another beautiful number, as well as "I'm Your Man" and "I Can See It In Your Eyes". These last two stand apart from other love songs of the day which, for some reason, find it necessary to include sex as a part of love. Randy never once mentions sex in the songs. Instead, he sings of true and deep love and companionship that will weather the storms of life. There are many infectious songs here as well, one of my favorites being "Train Long Gone." The backup singers here sound like a group of cowboys, showcasing Randy's pure traditional sound and style.
You will find this album to be a treasure and an enjoyment beyond words. I could never explain the entire thing. It must be heard. If there is any new album you buy, don't reach for the souped up, sorry voice of Tim McGraw or the stale releases from Alan Jackson. These songs will give you a lot to think about. This is country music as it should be.
Like a trip down memory lane... Mar 19, 2005
Hearing Randy Travis sing country again is like spending time with an old friend. Not that there was anything wrong with his Christian albums; heck, they he got another number one, award-winning hit out of them with "Three Wooden Crosses." But PASSING THROUGH is pure country music--fiddle and steel, down home lyrics, and Travis's unmistakable, unforgettable voice. It is on par with his best work from the eighties and early nineties.
The themes of this album are a bit repetitive, but at least are given a new light with each song: family, God, love, hope, redemption, and life. No down-trodden, tear-jerking songs here ("My Daddy Never Was" might put a lump in your throat, but that's about it) but that's okay; Randy Travis could sing the phone book, and I'd still pay good bucks to hear it.
PASSING THROUGH is a great return to stone-cold country from a guy who never, really, left the genre at all. So I guess it's not really a return...so much as a greater emphasis on his country roots. Whatever you want to call it, Randy Travis's PASSING THROUGH is not an album you want to overlook, if you are a fan of traditional country and great singing.
(P.S. It's also nice to have Travis writing again...his "I'm Your Man" is one of the most romantic songs ever written. Just thought I'd add that.)