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Sara Evans Audio CD
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Strength, versatility and a spunky sense of adventure are qualities more often associated with literary heroines than successful country singers, but then there’s nothing typical about Sara Evans. Whether dominating country radio airwaves with one of her many hit singles or attracting a new legion of fans with her spirited turn on “Dancing with the Stars,” Evans’ ... Read more in Amazon's Sara Evans Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0000ADYB1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Rockin' Horse
2. Backseat Of A Greyhound Bus
3. Restless
4. Niagara Falls
5. Perfect
6. Need To Be Next To You
7. To Be Happy
8. Tonight
9. Otis Redding
10. Feel It Comin' On
11. I Give In
12. Big Cry
13. Suds In The Bucket

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Sara Evans has a big voice, and Restless has a stack of big songs to match. Co-produced again with Paul Worley, the album sees her teaming up with some of the best songwriters on the Nashville circuit to produce a suitably powerful follow up to 2000's Born To Fly.

Every track has a lot going on, whether it's the sweeping sound of the Nashville String Machine, the accordions on ''To Be Happy'' or the warm backing vocals and horn section on r 'n' b tinged ''Big Cry''. The rootsy instruments that dominated Evans' sound at the start of her now four album career are still there, plus harmonicas, penny whistles, bouzoukis, bongos and all sorts. As such the arrangements can verge on feeling cluttered, for example on opening track ''Rockin' Horse'', with its equally chaotic rhyming couplets ('The rocking horse came/ From an old oak tree/ Just missed the house/ When it was hit by lightning').

But her voice manages to rise above all this and sound completely natural. There's some deliberately poppy moments, like Perfect, but its on ballads like ''I Give In'' or AOR songwriter Diane Warren's contribution, ''Need To Be Next To You'', that Evans really hits her stride. ''Tonight'' is a real killer, a slow and measured heartbreaker that takes its time from start to the lushly fading out finish.

The whole venture projects a happy image of contentment, as any republican politician's wife worth her salt would be intent on creating, but she's not afraid to explore unconventional subject matter. First single ''Backseat Of A Greyhound Bus'' tells the story of a young girl who flees town after falling pregnant and ends up giving birth on the bus, while ''Suds In The Bucket'' puts a more amusing slant on the coming of age tale, with the heroine upping and leaving the minute a prince pulled up - in a white pick-up truck.

It's been a productive year for the women in modern country music, and by the time November rolls around Sara Evans should be up there with Faith Hill, Shania Twain and Lee Ann Womack in the tussle to steal Martina McBride's CMA Female Vocalist crown. Straight country Restless may not be, but compared to the competition she's not doing badly at all. --Sue Keogh

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
Sara Evans has one of those voices that touches your heart and makes you feel the moment she starts singing. Her voice would grip you if she was singing a collection of nursery rhymes. Thankfully her fourth studio album Restless is a sublime collection of songs which demonstrates Sara's versatility as she straddles different musical genres and themes.
Traditional country music is often used to convey a message or a moral. The first single taken from Restless is a perfect example. "Backseat Of A Greyhound Bus" is a great track. Radio friendly, a hook you can't get out of your mind, the perfect feel good track. The title track is a daring, rootsy track which works after a couple of listens in a similar way to the opening "Rocking Horse". Don't give up after the first few tracks though, the Sara we grew to love on her previous album Born To Fly is back in full force for standout track Niagara. A soaring ballad of epic proportions. Lyrically shallow but perfectly sung! There's the obligatory Diane Warren penned track "Need To Be Next To You" which really works! Second single "Perfect" ventures into Shania Twain territory somewhat but Sara can pull this off fabulously....it's that voice!!
Later in the album we venture into light Jazz on "Big Cry" (I did!!) and end in perfect country mode with Suds In The Bucket.
A 5 star album. Buy it!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I find it sort of funny that some folks describe some of the music on this album as meaningless, empty crossover country that sounds like a lot of the tunes coming out of Nashville these days. I say this because I am no fan of modern country music, but I love Sara Evans and I can't imagine how anyone could say Sara went on autopilot for most of the second half of this album. Sara has one of the best country voices in the business, and she expresses all sorts of feelings and emotions in everything she sings. I do prefer her earlier albums to this one, but Restless is still one great country CD. There's a good deal of variety in the songs, making each track something fresh and new to be enjoyed.
As usual, she opens with one of the album's strongest tracks. Rockin' Horse is a great song full of inspiring references to making something magical from the scary things life throws at you. It also features Vince Gill providing harmony; while Gill is not one of my favorites, he adds much to this song. Sara follows up with Backseat of a Greyhound Bus; the song's story is a country cliché, the unwed mother escaping her gossiping small town and finding a wonderful new life, but Sara's heartfelt delivery makes this probably the most memorable song on the album. Next up is Restless, a song tinged with Celtic-sounding instrumentation; this song didn't appeal to me all that much at first, largely due to a somewhat odd tempo to the chorus, but I have warmed up to it quite a bit now. I never had any doubts about the next two songs. Niagara is a fantastic love song, the kind of ballad that makes Sara such a truly special singer. Perfect doesn't have the depth of a typical Sara song, but it is the kind of catchy, upbeat song that all but begs for radio play.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good album from a great artist 7 Oct 2012
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"Restless" by Sara Evans was released in August 2003. There are 13 tracks on this CD, and the total running time is about 56 minutes.

The CD comes with sleeve notes, which you can take out and fold out: 2 x 4 pages. On one side you have the lyrics to all songs (in very fine print) and a picture of the artist. On the other side you have a personal message from the artist and three additional pictures.

Sara Evans was born in Boonville, Missouri, in February 1971; these days she is a well-known singer of country, country rock or country pop.

* Her first album - Three Chords & the Truth - was released in 1997

* Her second album - No Place That Far - was released in 1998

* Her third album - Born to Fly - was released in 2000

"Restless" (which is under review here) is her fourth album. Here are the titles and the names of the composers:

1. Rockin' Horse (Sara Evans // Matt Evans // Marcus Hummon)
2. Backseat of a Greyhound Bus (Chris Lindsey // Hillary Lindsey // Aimee Mayo // Troy Verges)

3. Restless (Jeremy Stover // Willie Mack)
4. Niagara (Sara Evans // Holly Lamar // Troy Verges)

5. Perfect (Sara Evans // Tom Shapiro)
6. Need to be Next to You (Diane Warren)

7. To Be Happy (William Crain // Kevin Fisher)
8. Tonight (Troy Johnson // Bonnie Baker)

9. Otis Redding (Angelo // Troy Verges // Hillary Lindsey)
10. Feel it Comin' On (Sara Evans // Marcus Hummon // Darrell Scott)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Following in Shania's footsteps? 24 Dec 2007
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Sara's first two albums were great, no doubt about it. Her third album showed signs of selling out. I bought this CD having heard "Suds In The Bucket" with high hopes. And was sadly disappointed.

I've tried listening through this two or three times and always find myself reaching for the skip button. With the exception of the last track it just bores me to tears.

"Suds In The Bucket" redeems it a star, but it's nothing like "Three Chords And The Truth" or "No Place That Far", both of which were outstanding. If you want country you've come to the wrong place. Plastic pop, however... you might be in luck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as her previous CDs, but still impressive 30 Dec 2004
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
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I find it sort of funny that some folks describe some of the music on this album as meaningless, empty crossover country that sounds like a lot of the tunes coming out of Nashville these days. I say this because I am no fan of modern country music, but I love Sara Evans and I can't imagine how anyone could say Sara went on autopilot for most of the second half of this album. Sara has one of the best country voices in the business, and she expresses all sorts of feelings and emotions in everything she sings. I do prefer her earlier albums to this one, but Restless is still one great country CD. There's a good deal of variety in the songs, making each track something fresh and new to be enjoyed.

As usual, she opens with one of the album's strongest tracks. Rockin' Horse is a great song full of inspiring references to making something magical from the scary things life throws at you. It also features Vince Gill providing harmony; while Gill is not one of my favorites, he adds much to this song. Sara follows up with Backseat of a Greyhound Bus; the song's story is a country cliché, the unwed mother escaping her gossiping small town and finding a wonderful new life, but Sara's heartfelt delivery makes this probably the most memorable song on the album. Next up is Restless, a song tinged with Celtic-sounding instrumentation; this song didn't appeal to me all that much at first, largely due to a somewhat odd tempo to the chorus, but I have warmed up to it quite a bit now. I never had any doubts about the next two songs. Niagara is a fantastic love song, the kind of ballad that makes Sara such a truly special singer. Perfect doesn't have the depth of a typical Sara song, but it is the kind of catchy, upbeat song that all but begs for radio play.

I think country artists are pretty much required to include at least one song on each album that deals with longing for someone you broke up with, and Need To Be Next To You ably fills that requirement here. Sara sings this song with great feeling. The only sign of musical autopilot I can detect on this album comes in the song To Be Happy. The lyrics just seem a little simplistic, although the great bridge and chorus do much to offset the weakness of the verses. Tonight is easily the best ballad on the album, and I love this song even more every time I hear it - Sara is truly in her musical element on this one. Things get a little weird with Otis Redding; it has a unique musical style, sort of R&B restrained by country - this one took a while to grow on me but I still look upon it an experiment that need not be repeated on future albums. I Feel It Comin' On puts us back in country territory in terms of sound and message - someone's about to get dumped. I Give In is a strong offering about love vis-à-vis security. Big Cry is a little different, evoking touches of soul and R&B; it's not a bad song, but it really doesn't seem to convey the emotions implied by its title. Finally, of course, there is Suds in the Bucket; this is pure country music and a whole lot of fun to listen to.

A lot of Sara Evans fan may - like me - prefer her earlier albums to this one, but Restless is still a great CD showcasing Sara's unmatched voice. She goes wandering a little bit from the old country tree a couple of times, but those efforts have more positives than negatives. Like any great artist, Sara has to stretch her wings and grow musically. I can't see how anyone who loves music, especially country music, can come away disappointed from this album.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not "Perfect" but pretty good 3 July 2004
By dree85 - Published on Amazon.com
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This isn't Sara Evans' best effort (for that you need to go to her 2000 multi-platinum Born To Fly), but it's a solid album, with a lot of songs that are pleasant and listenable and a few that match the excellence of her previous release.
Song By Song:
1. Rocking Horse: Fun, upbeat song about making the best of bad situations, but nothing praticularly exciting. 3/5
2. Backseat of A Greyhound Bus: This is one of the high points of the album, a touching story of a young girl who escapes her confining small town and finds meaning in her life through the birth of her daughter. 5/5
3. Restless: It's an ok song, fine melody, decent lyrics, but it doesn't really do anything for me. 3/5
4. Niagra: A beautiful ballad, Sara really shows the range of her voice on this song, and the lyrics are very moving. 5/5
5. Perfect: A cute song about how love doesn't have to be "perfect" to be good, a nice happy upbeat message, but it's very similar to several other songs on the album. 4/5
6. Need To Be Next To You: Again, sounds kind of similar to other songs. It's decent, but doesn't stand out from the rest of the album. 3/5
7. To Be Happy: Yet another perky upbeat song with a positive message. One or two was ok, but there are too many on this album and they sound too much the same. 3/5
8. Tonight: This is one of the better songs on the album, musically it's slow and smooth, and the lyrics perfectly capture the feeling of desperation and finding comfort in another lonely soul. Her voice is also showcased beautifully. 5/5
9. Otis Redding: This song is another one of the more unique songs on the album. Slow and sensual, it's perfect for "dancin in the kitchen barefoot" 4/5
10. I Feel It Comin On: A fun breakup song, has more of a country sound than the others on the album. 4/5
11. I Give In: My favorite track on the whole album. The lyrics sound like Sara read my mind, though I think most women will relate to lines like "you turn more than the music on/but will you be there by my side at the dawn?". Sara's voice is great here as well, making it truly a standout track. 5/5
12. Big Cry: This is my least favorite song on the album, it sounds like a bad attempt at R&B. 2/5
13. Suds In The Bucket: Another bouncy, fun to listen to song, I believe it's the current single. Nothing to set it apart though. 3/5
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD 24 Feb 2005
By countrygirl683 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I received Sara's Born to Fly album for Christmas a few years ago, and I fell in love with her voice and her songs. I picked up her "Restless" album, and I think she has outdone herself. I thought "Born to Fly" would be difficult to follow, but she manages to top it. My favorites are "Rockin' Horse" and "I Give In"; they showcase Sara's amazing vocals. I can't understand how Alanna Nash could call the album "uneven." Sara does not sound bored; she pours her soul into every song. "Need To Be Next To You" and "Niagara" are not my favorites, but I still enjoy listening to them. I also don't understand why people criticized her for "Big Cry"; to me, that song is a highlight. Sara also experiments with different sounds on "Restless" and "Otis Redding." I think the sounds are fresh and Sara's vocals are in tip-top shape. I loved "Suds in the Bucket," that was a great concluding song. On a different note, I was surprised to read that "To Be Happy" was written by two men; I just thought the lyrics (flowers grow/handing out valentines) sounded feminine.

I love this CD; it's Sara's best yet, and I can't wait for new music from her.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sara pleases with long awaited comeback to Born To Fly 29 Aug 2003
By Justin M. Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In 2000 Sara Evans burst onto the scene in a big way with her album Born To Fly. The album, which went triple platinum, blended Evans' traditional country vocals and instincts with mainstream country-pop and spawned hits such as the title track, "Saints and Angels" and "I Could Not Ask For More." Now Evans is back with her fourth album, tentatively titled Restless. This album is a continuation of where Born To Fly left off with a few exceptions. One of those is Evans' musical diversity. While Born To Fly was mostly mainstream, this album offers a selection of diverse tunes that cover the spectrums of traditional country, mainstream country, pop, rhythm and blues. On tunes such as the opening "Rockin' Horse" and the closing "Suds In The Bucket" Evans will surely please the neo-traditionalist country fans she won with her first two albums. On cuts such as "Niagara" and "I Need To Be Next To You" Evans showcases a larger than life pop style with gaudy arrangements and instrumentals. The title tune is reminiscent of Irish Celtic music, while "Big Cry" is reminiscent of rhythm and blues. The remainder of the songs on the album fall somewhere in between country and pop. Such is the case with the first single, "Backseat Of A Greyhound Bus," which tells the moving story of a single mother whose life changes when giving birth to her child on a trip away from home. The second single, one of the five co-written by Evans, "Perfect," is a catchy and upbeat love song which will surely do well on the country charts. Overall, this album is a diverse collection of musical styles that flow together with Sara's heavenly vocal qualities. Fans of Evans will surely be pleased with this album, no matter what album or song originally made you a fan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 20 Aug 2003
By J. M. Zuurbier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sara Evans is back with a new album, at last! Her first since 2000's BORN TO FLY, which solidified Sara's position as a leading country lady with its many hit singles. RESTLESS is a 13 track album, 5 of which Sara helped write. The first single is the sweeping "Backseat of a Greyhound Bus", a ballad about a young girl who is forced to leave a small town when she discovers she is pregnant, and gives birth to the child out of wedlock on a greyhound bus. It's a nice sentimental song that fared alright at country radio, ranking just in the top 20. The title track has a celtic feel to it. The album opens with the uptempo "Rockin' Horse", a unique song about a tree being hit with lightening and something beautiful coming out of something so frightening (as the lyrics suggest).
There's some great ballads here that are instant hits. If "Niagara" were not released, it would be the biggest injustice done to this album. The song is a sweeping ballad, the big ballad of the album. Another strong ballad is Sara's cover of Leigh Nash's "Need To Be Next To You", which I think she even betters the original. The song was penned by Diane Warren, who Sara had a hit with on her last album with her rendition of "I Could Not Ask For More". "I Give In" is another hit waiting to happen on country radio. There's some fun uptempo's like the optomistic "To Be Happy", and the song "Feel It Comin On" as well as the album closer, the hilarious "Suds in the Bucket".
Sara pushes the envelope musically and spreads her wings on "Otis Redding", a song with bongo drums, and "Big Cry" which is a sweeping R&B song. Overall RESTLESS was worth the wait, and does not disapoint at all!
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