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Album Review

Texas sound a bit like a countrified version of the Pretenders put through a car wash on Ricks Road, to the point where the music is so clean, one's mind just slips around and off of it. There's a squeaky-clean polish to "So Called Friend," a stab at southern twang that doesn't seem's a sound best left in a studio and indicative of a band trying too hard to make a hit song. There are simply too many studio effects and fake sounding instruments throughout the album. One imagines the harmonica to be some sort of Casio creation. It's like listening to Cher doing a Dusty Springfield impersonation. "Fade Away" tries so hard to have an aggressive hook that it becomes quite awkward. "Listen to Me" is supposed to be uplifting, but it mostly stumbles around a light beat and strings that go nowhere. Still, it's one of the album's better moments, because it's somewhat restrained. It's not overbearing like most of the other songs. "So in Love With You" starts out quite promising, but devolves into an unbearable din when Sharleen Spiteri reaches for high notes that just won't materialize. "Tired of Being Alone" is quite good; first, because it's almost impossible to ruin an Al Green song, and second, because it's less glossy and more immediate sounding than the rest of the album. It's production is credited to Texas and Kenny MacDonald. The remainder of the album was produced by Paul Fox who seemingly twisted knobs to the point of exhaustion. The production is so overblown that it's reminiscent of a Meredith Brook album. From a lesser band, Ricks Road might be an interesting misstep, but from Texas, who have shown themselves to be capable of much more heartfelt artistic expression. It's an outright shame. Later releases would see a more organic, far more successful approach. The world didn't need another Cowboy Junkies, and, thankfully, Texas didn't continue down the bland path they paved with Ricks Road. The album is best left to fans collecting their entire back catalogue, as it's quite weak from start to finish. The album is a bumpy affair, and it's clearly the wrong route, as the band quickly substituted pop and hip-hop elements for the Southern phoniness displayed here. The album is just one or two decent songs above being classified as drivel. White on Blonde and The Hush are worlds beyond Ricks Road.

Customer Reviews


i don't know what cd that reviewer was listening to, but it was definitely NOT Rick's Road. this is my favorite Texas cd. it's incredible. Sharleen Spiteri's voice in golden. the previous 2 cd's by Texas, Southside and Mother's Heaven are excellent as well, but they were building up to this one. they really hit their stride here on this cd. great from start to finish, there's not a bad one in the bunch. it was after this cd that they began to go astray. their next release, White on Blonde, is just OK. and it is a lot more "poppy" sounding as well. more radio friendly as it were. they had more commercial success once they lost the slight country sound of the first three cd's, but they lost a lot of their long time fans at the same time. the most recent release, Hush, which i actually heard while shopping in a mall one time, was hopeless pop drivel. although i must admit that i purchased it as well, just to hear the sound of Sharleen Spiteri's voice...i am a die hard fan of both Texas and Sharleen, but i wish they would lose that "pop sensibility" that sells them cd's...and go back to making good music again. i guess asking them to stop doing what is making them lots more money is a little unrealistic. but hey...a guy can dream.

Great CD

I am not sure what the first review was all about... BUT, this C.D. is awesome. The lyrics are incredible and the sound amazing.

i think he was listening to a Jack Webb cd

i think that listeners should judge this one for themselves........i agree with the two previous that this is a fine album


Formed: 1986 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Taking their name from the Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas, the Scottish pop/rock band Texas recorded a series of multi-million-selling albums (Southside, White on Blonde, The Hush), as well as many hit singles including "Say What You Want," "In Our Lifetime," and "Summer Son." Bass player Johnny McElhone (born April 21, 1963, Glasgow, Scotland) organized the band in Glasgow in 1986. McElhone, a veteran of the bands Altered Images and Hipsway, brought in singer and rhythm guitarist Sharleen Spiteri...
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