Rodney Atkins - If You're
Going Through Hell
Album Review By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
kicks off with "These Are My People" and
"kicks off" is probably an understatement. This
cut is the polar opposite of the song that made Rodney
Atkins a household name; "Honesty (Write Me A
List)." The "Honesty" is still there; in
fact, on this project there may even be more than on that
famous list. But the messages are more in your face odes to
life and they are delivered via a voice that now displays a
little more wear and tear around the edges which only makes
it more convincing. In fact, there is not much on this
sophomore project that resembles Atkins previous
incarnation. The title cut and first single to be released,
"If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even
Knows)," is an accurate barometer of the musical
content of the whole project but don't get so caught up in
the tempo that you miss the profound philosophy in the
cleverly written lyrics on nearly every song.
majored in psychology at Tennessee Tech University and you
can clearly detect that he was a most perceptive student
when you listen carefully to the six songs he had a hand in
co-writing: "About the South," "Watching
You," "In the Middle," "Wasted
Whiskey," "Invisibly Shaken," and
"Angel's Hands." His insight and compassion are
clearly evident especially on "Invisibly Shaken,"
"Watching You" and on "Angel's Hands"
when he sings, "Even God cries when an angels hands are
tied," that is some heavy stuff.
This Gun (Come on in Boy)" uses a little tongue in
cheek humor to deliver its message but it is sure to have
protective daddy's across the country, and around the world,
nodding their heads in understanding unison to the meter and
rhyme of the not so subtle words of caution for a young man
getting ready to go out on a date with their daughter.
that country music isn't just about life – it is life.
He says it is about what people face every day and he
believes that is what country music fans want to hear. He
feels that the songs on this album reveal "the simple,
rural truths that [he] grew up with and that he seeks to
carry on through his own family and his music."
If the title
cut is any indication, there is a receptive audience who
agrees with Atkins and is eager to embrace his musical
philosophy. "If You're Going Through Hell" has
already made its way to the top five of both the R&R and
Billboard singles charts. The album will hit stores on July
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1. These Are My People
2. About the South
3. Watching You
4. Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy)
5. In the Middle
6. Man on a Tractor
7. Wasted Whiskey
8. Invisibly Shaken
9. Angel's Hands
10. If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)
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