|1. Cryin' Game|
|2. No Place That Far|
|3. Almost New|
|4. "Fool, I'm A Woman"|
|5. I Thought I'd See Your Face Again|
|6. I Only Have Eyes For You|
|7. Time Won't Tell|
|8. These Days|
|9. The Knot Comes Untied|
|10. "Love, Don't Be A Stranger"|
|12. The Great Unknown|
|13. There's Only One|
Sara co-wrote five of the songs here including the title track, often teaming up with Nashville's leading songwriters. Matraca Berg, Billy Yates, Tom Shapiro and Leslie Satcher are among her co-writers. This is one of those albums where it seems futile to pick out highlights because every track is brilliant. There is a star-studded cast of guests featured as backing vocalists including Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, George Jones and Martina McBride, though some ore less prominent than others.
The standard American version of this album was not released in Europe although that didn't stop me from importing it when it was released - I didn't know if it was going to be released in the UK. A different version was eventually released in Europe, with the packaging changed, some tracks re-mixed, a changed running order and two extra tracks. You'll easily identify the European version if you find it - the front picture just shows Sara's face (this picture appears on the back cover of the booklet in the standard edition). The picture on the front of the standard edition (showing Sara on a sofa) is relegated to the back of the booklet in the European edition. The two extra tracks are I only have eyes for you (a cover of the thirties classic later revived by the Flamingos in the fifties and Art Garfunkel in the seventies) and Almost new (described as an international remix version - I'm not sure where the original appeared). The other re-mixes are Crying game, No place that far and Fool I'm a woman. The re-mixes make for a slightly more contemporary sound but are not too dramatic. The European edition is long out of print but dedicated fans may be able to find used copies from UK sources. In attempting to locate the European edition, beware of the cover picture posted on a website - it may be wrong. Having originally bought the standard version, I didn't originally intend to buy the European version but I'm glad I did - it was worth it for Almost new (a superb ballad) and I only have eyes for you (an outstanding version of this frequently-covered song).
Following the limited success of this album, Sara committed herself fully to contemporary country with her third album, Born to fly - but that's for a different review. This Sara Evans album has something to offer all country fans, both traditional and contemporary. Whether you buy the standard edition or the European edition, you will surely enjoy this magnificent album if you enjoy country music at all.
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