his third RCA album, This I Gotta See, Andy Griggs solicited the
expertise of Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Randy Scruggs
to aid him in taking his music to a new dimension. He wanted to
incorporate the "grit and integrity" that he admires in
Scruggs, into a radio friendly album with punch and depth. He said that
he was fishing for "a certain sound," one that would embrace a
wanted this album to replicate the high energy of his live performances.
He also wanted the album to be a more accurate reflection of his own
diverse musical preferences and background. To that end, in addition to
the emotional ballads that brought him his initial fame, he has spiced
up his sound by including "I Never Had A Chance" and "No
Mississippi," which has Delbert McClinton and Bekka Bramlett
joining him on vocals. These rockin', bluesy tunes were, no doubt,
influenced by his
influences of his "Haggard" youth can be heard on "Why Do
I Still Want You" and the other from-the-heart ballads while his
gospel roots sprout on "If Heaven."
his intent on this album was, to borrow a popular phrase, kick it up a
notch, he has still included plenty of the tender songs that endeared
him to country music fans in the first place. "My Kind Of
Beautiful" and "She Thinks She Needs Me" are on par with
his mega hit, "She's More" and certain to please his female
fans while "Be Still" and "Why Do I Still Want You"
will satisfy all romantics.
Over all, Griggs has said that he feels he has finally found the sound he has been searching for. If the initial reaction of his fans is an accurate gage, they totally agree. "She Thinks She Needs Me" is already a top ten hit.
Rating: BUY IT!
Andy Griggs - This I Gotta See track list:
Review by Jim Weaver:
Rating: Looks Good!!