You may not be very familiar with his name but more than likely know his music. Radney Foster is known for writing and producing some of country music’s most well-known songs from Gary Allen to Jack Ingram. Most notably, in my opinion, is Randy Rogers Band ‘Kiss Me in the Dark‘. He’s been on the music scene since the early 90’s and just a little over a week ago he released his latest album ‘For You to See the Stars‘.
Now before I go into the songs themselves, I wanted to stop and take a look at the album art (you have to scroll up to look at the top, I’ve intentionally left the image large so that you could enjoy the beautiful detail). It’s incredible and perfect for the title of this album. The attention to detail in the stars and the coloring is so impressive. It’s mesmerizing and quite frankly, I don’t think it could have been done any better. To be completely honest, the album art is what drew me to wanting to listen to this album faster than some of the other new releases. If the album art was that good, then I knew that the rest of the album had to be great.
The album consists of 11 songs; the last one being an instrumental version track 10. It’s a pretty good mix of slow and upbeat songs and focuses on a sundry of different emotions that people deal with in relationships. From love to love lost, optimism, songs about the military and a warning about fascism, Foster hits on a lot of topics with this incredible album. The title track is still hands down my favorite song on the album followed closely by While You Were Making Time and It Ain’t Done with Me. You may also recognize a song on this album titled ‘Raining on Sunday’ made famous by Keith Urban.
The best way for me to describe this album is hopeful. Despite the pain and trials we deal with in life there is always something better. It seems to be the tune of a older and wiser song-writer who is seeking to impart his years of experience to a care-free or inattentive generation. This album quickly became the album I went to listen to when I just wanted to hear good music. It’s like spending time with family in an album. Fun, loving, cautious, difficult, sometimes painful. I cannot get enough of this album. I highly encourage you to purchase the album, it is worth every penny.
Congrats Radney, this one is amazing!
Ps: Anyone else grow up with DC Talk’s Jesus Freak on repeat and think track 6 sounds very similar in some spots??