Picks and Pans Review: Full Circle
Celebrating his 10th anniversary as a successful recording artist with a mellifluous bang, Travis has found inspiration in unlikely sources. "Are We in Trouble Now" was written in characteristically sardonic style by Mark Knopfler. Travis also revives Roger Miller's eccentric hit "King of the Road," with Dave Carpenter providing the crucial acoustic bass backup.
Mixed with appealing offbeat tracks like the energetic "Highway Junkie," his first truck song, and the playful "If It Ain't One Thing It's Another" are a scattering of those ingratiatingly rendered, romantic tunes Travis is a. master of—"Would I," "Don't Take Your Love Away from Me," "I Can Almost Hear Her Wings" and "Future Mister Me."
It wasn't that long ago that Travis was admiring such flourishing country institutions as George Jones and Merle Haggard from afar (from North Carolina, anyway). Now he's one of them. (Warner Bros.)