Wynonna Judd Revelations
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- Released: May 4, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Curb Special Markets
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Personnel: Wynonna (vocals); Don Potter (acoustic & electric guitars); Steuart Smith (acoustic, electric & acoustic slide guitars); Dan Huff (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Terry McMillan (harp); Nashville String Machine (strings); Roger "Rock" Williams, Jim Hole (tenor saxophone); Jim Horn (baritone saxophone); Mike Haynes, "Hollywood" Paul Litteral (trumpet); Matt Rollings (Wurlitzer piano, electric piano, organ); Steve Nathan (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer); Willie Weeks (bass); Tom Roady (percussion); Eddie Bayers (drums); Robert Bailey, Kim Fleming, Andrew Gold, Vicki Hampton, Max Carl, Gordon Kennedy, Suzy Wills, Willie Green, Jr., Barry Green, Jonell Mosser, Born Again Minstrels (background vocals).
Engineers include: Chuck Ainlay, Graham Lewis, Robert Charles.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
"Change The World," written by Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tommy Sims, won the 1997 Grammy Award for Song Of The Year.
Wynonna had no problem with the spotlight; or, as the tabloids regularly revealed, with opening up her private life for all to poke through and ponder. For all of her cultivating of celebrity, her albums continued to turn down the lights and focus on the softer glow of emotional verities her albums. Revelations is another worthy solo effort by the younger member of the Judds, the mother-daughter duo through which she first found massive fame. Often somber, and just as often right on the money, she casts a blue tint to several reflective songs that examine spirituality (without sermons) and the quiet discoveries that come with mature relationships. Ballads like "Don't Look Back," "Love By Grace," and "My Angel Is Here" -- all album highlights -- prove how sympathetic her rich, expressive voice can be when applied to a well-written, sensitive lyric. As in the past, she's equally convincing on up-tempo, R&B-infused strutters, such as Delbert McClinton's "Somebody to Love You" or the gospel rave-up "Dance! Shout!" It's a mystery as to why she would include her version of "Free Bird," which previously was released as part of a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute album. (Maybe someone should tell her that those people who yelled it out during encores were kidding.) Otherwise, Revelations is just that; a revealing next step by a country music star who understands the power of subtlety in an age that tends to prefer overstatement. ~ Michael McCall
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