Ricks Road [VINYL] Import
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,Zustand Vinyl:NM,Cover:NM (Goldmine Standards) - .Label: Vertigo.Published: 1993/Made in Germany on center
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No two tracks sound the same, yet there is a coherence in the record which makes it compelling listening from the breezy opening of So Called Friend to the winding down of the record that is Winter's End. What gels this record together is Sharleen Spiteri's vocals, the raw energy and power that those with just White on Blonde and The Hush in their collection would have only heard on the stunning 'Put Your Arms Around Me'. Whilst it is immediate why these two albums were extremely well received, this album although more off-beat than these is commercial enough to have paved its own path, wondering why the reinvention in 1997 was ever necessary.
Rick's Road was successful in France, yet failed to make an impact in the UK. The 'pop' music to be found on 'White on Blonde' and 'The Hush' would obviously give Texas a much larger fan base, making them more accessible to the masses. In contrast, all the tracks on Rick's Road would come under the genre of soft rock, yet this description would do the variety and distinctiveness of the songs a huge disservice.
The standout tracks are perhaps the ballads 'Listen To Me', 'So In Love With You' and 'I've Been Missing You', but this would merely imply that there are weaker moments, flaws or failings. This would be unfair, at best. The power and strength of Spiteri's vocals comes to the fore on these tracks, whilst in general many big ballads can grind, these are huge, 'huge' vocally, but not over the top or pretentious.
Lyrically, the album does not disappoint, these lyrics would have been masterpieces on their own without there ever being the need to fit them to music.Read more ›
In some ways, I am in two minds about this album. It certainly shows Texas as they were before they had their hit "Say what you want" and they became more commercialised. While it is a good album, without the strong pop influence, it shows why it took a back seat to other artists around at the time.
My favourite song from the album is the closing song, "Winter's End". It is just beautiful - Texas at their best.
If you have not really listened to their music before, I suggest that you start with White on Blonde or The Hush, even the Greatest Hits. But this is certainly worth spending the time to listen to also.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've absolutely no idea why I didn't buy this album back in the day when it came out having loved their debut album "Southside". Read morePublished on 13 May 2013 by Phil
I bought this CD a while back and for some reason didn't play it much; maybe it was the title, maybe the cover, or maybe just the right album at the wrong time. Who can tell? Read morePublished on 2 July 2004
This work is outstanding in it's general quality showing especially during Southside, the throaty and very deep voice of Sharleen when she was younger although towards Mothers... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2001
In my opinion this album is well worth buying. Not only does it contain three tracks that made the top forty in the early 90s,(although you'd have to be a real fan to remember... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org