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Water & Bridges


  • 1. Water & Bridges
    2. Someone Is Me
    3. Someone Somewhere Tonight
    4. I Can't Unlove You
    5. Calling Me
    6. Half a Man
    7. I Can Feel You Drifting
    8. Last Ten Years, The (Superman)
    9. You'll Know Love
    10. My Petition
    11. One Life
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 63614

  • Credits
    ProducerDann Huff; Dann Huff
    EngineerJed Hackett; Jeff Balding; Justin Niebank; Mark Hagen; Steve Churchyard

    Composer: Jonathan Yudkin.
    Personnel: Kenny Rogers (vocals); Kenny Rogers; Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Kenny Greenberg (electric guitar); Bruce Bouton (steel guitar, dobro); Jonathan Yudkin (bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle); Ron Folsom, Alan Grunfeld, Bob Peterson, Natalie Leggett, Josephina Vergara, Miwako Watanabe, Tereza Stanislav, Haim Shtrum (violin); Karen Elaine Bakunin (viola); Rudy Stein, Dan Tobin Smith, Dan Smith (cello); Jim Hoke (accordion); Gordon Mote (piano); Charles Judge (keyboards, synthesizer); Warren Hartman (synthesizer); Michael Rhodes (bass instrument); Shannon Forrest (drums); Vince Gill, Russell Terrell, Sarah Buxton (background vocals); Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar); Dann Huff, Tom Bukovac (electric guitar); Russ Pahl (steel guitar); Bruce Dukov, Darius Campo, Susan Chatman (violin); Carole Mukogawa, Matt Funes (viola); Paula Hochhalter, Suzie Katayama (cello); John Jarvis (piano); Matt Chamberlain (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Perry Coleman (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Justin Niebank.
    Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Cartee Day Studios; Emerald Entertainment; PatchWerk Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA; Tree Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA.
    Photographer: Melanie Dunea.
    Arranger: Jonathan Yudkin.
    Kenny Rogers may be the grand old man of country pop, but in the mid-1990s, he fell off the mainstream/major-label radar. He didn't stop making music, but his records didn't make the same big footprint anymore. Newly signed to Capitol, his "comeback" bid, WATER & BRIDGES, is a tasteful, mature outing. Full of wistful longing, it finds a 68-year-old Rogers in contemplative mode, inhabiting characters that look back on their bittersweet pasts with a mixture of regret and sanguinity.
    There are no good-time romps a la "The Gambler," and no "Islands in the Stream"-like mega-pop productions, but WATER & BRIDGES is still a far cry from the starkness of Johnny Cash's latter-day outings. Those who've been enchanted in the past by Rogers's mellow, Nashville-meets-L.A. ballad style will find firm footing here. At the same time, the depth of the emotional content, and the obvious seriousness with which Rogers approached the making of the record, may endear him to those who dismissed his best-known songs as pop trifles. Not a reinvention, then, but a firm step forward, surprisingly late in the game, for this veteran balladeer.

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