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Country - Released July 22, 2008 | eOne Music

Despite his best efforts, Kenny Rogers spent almost all of the '90s hitless. Toward the end of the decade, he formed his own label, Dreamcatcher, and began to spend more time constructing his albums, starting with the adult contemporary Across My Heart. Its follow-up, She Rides Wild Horses, continues in the same direction, albeit with a slightly stronger country influence than before. There aren't any of the All-4-One cameos that cluttered Across My Heart, and the song selection, while still a bit uneven, is stronger -- enough to give the impression that She Rides Wild Horses is some sort of a comeback. And in a way, it is. It's been a while since Rogers has delivered an album with as many appealing songs as he does here -- "The Kind of Fool Love Makes," "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," "Let It Be Me," "The Greatest," the title song -- and the sound of the record is smoothly pleasurable, even if it can get a little bland. That doesn't mean it will be a hit -- after all, this is basically a return to his hitmaking sound of the early '80s -- but for fans awaiting an album that harks back to his classic period, this will be welcome. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released July 22, 2008 | eOne Music

Christmas from the Heart takes several Christmas favorites and blends them with songs taken from the musical of the same name. This is truly a bizarre and disappointing album, combining Rogers' bland adult contemporary versions of traditional Christmas songs with obnoxious numbers sung by children. The message is good: it teaches children about charity and the real meaning of Christmas and such. It is just the presentation that ruins it, as children will probably be bored with the bland adult songs and adults will probably find the songs from the musical painful to listen to. And the musical numbers are sung in a needlessly overblown fashion, making the songs sound condescending and shrill. The songs are not the problem -- the music is just presented in a terrible way. This is not recommended for any age. ~ Bradley Torreano
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Country - Released April 21, 2009 | eOne Music

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Country - Released July 22, 2008 | eOne Music

The Gambler seems to be drifting farther away from his traditional country roots and more into the adult contemporary field on There You Go Again. With several songs produced by Richard Marx, the album is well recorded and features Rogers' warm, familiar voice offset by clear piano melodies and acoustic guitar work. Guest stars including Alison Krauss, Collin Raye, Steve Wariner, and members of Diamond Rio help to enliven There You Go Again's straightforward pop songs, but overall the album still sounds a little too polished compared with some of Rogers' previous gruff country offerings. ~ Zac Johnson