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I'm Gonna Love You Through It
on 20 October 2011
First, skip to 'I'm Gonna Love You Through It' a stunningly beautiful song about an individual family facing cancer and the effect on their family - then listen to the rest. On the strength of that song alone - I can't help but praise this album. The track was written Jimmy Yeary of Shenandoah and 2 other songwriters Ben Hayslip & Sonya Isaacs.
I learnt many years ago that certain artists, like Faith Hill and Martina require some audio investment (so, listen carefully and several times over). They are quality vocalists and with each listen you will pick up nuances and elements you had initially failed to process.
Martina, in my opinion should be recording traditional George-Strait-hardcore-country but she has consistently recording albums with too much pop-country and I do not think its necessarily down to her alone. The record companies are still (lesser so in the past few years) terrified to release music that is 'too country'.
So, is this album any good. Strip away the filler and you have some truly great music. Teenage Daughters is fantastic. A reviewer recently described it negatively referring to McBride's "whiny, exaggerated" singing. That is totally missing the point. It is her phrasing and style of delivery that makes the song work so well. She is a small lady but she can sure belt out a song!
Marry me is a throw-away, stunningly boring duet with a singer called Pat Monahan who has a voice that is as country as a banker in a pin striped suit at a rodeo.
Broken Umbrella is an upbeat, mostly irritating song about someone who is in love and nothing else matters. Other than Taylor Swift, I can't think of a country artist who would ever want to be associated with this pop-nonsense.
'When You Love A Sinner' is classic McBride. Written by kasey Musgraves, a fantastic young country singer-songwriter who, in my opinion is as good as Miranda Lambert. It's almost getting towards being 'Independence Day' quality, although not quite. It's a grower.
'Watcha Gonna Do' showcases Martina's vocal power beautifully and she also co-wrote several tracks including the touching 'Long Distance Lullaby' which you can't help but assume is a reference to her life as a touring artist with young daughters.
This is a good album but it is not even close to 'Wild Angels' her best ever album from the mid 90's.