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Jasper County

1 rating: -3.0
An album by Trisha Yearwood

The 2006 version of this release includes "Love Will Always Win" duet with Garth Brooks. Personnel: Trisha Yearwood (background vocals); Kurt Riles, Richard Bennett (acoustic guitar); Jon Jorgenson, Jeff Jorgenson, Al Anderson (electric guitar); … see full wiki

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Are Ms Yearwood's Best Days, And Songs Behind Her?

  • Nov 25, 2006
Pros: Nothing to report.

Cons: Everything; every track, every note sung, just everything.

The Bottom Line: I would hate to think that Ms. Yearwood’s best days are behind her, but if Jasper County is a musical signpost of things to come, I’d just assume steer clear.

Release Date: September 13, 2005
Label: MCA Nashville
Genre: Country & Western
Number of Discs: (1)

I’ve missed Trisha Yearwood. For a while at the close of the last century, it seemed as though she was releasing an album a year. But four years pasted between her last album 2001's Inside Out, and her latest release Jasper County (2005). In the intervening years there has been a lot of personal turmoil in Ms. Yearwood’s life most of it, okay all of it to my knowledge, centered on her highly publicized adulterous relationship with the then King of C&W Garth Brooks, whom she is now engaged to.

Her engagement to Garth aside, Jasper County is not one of Trisha’s best efforts, not by far; her voice sounds tired and soulless, and the music throughout this CD is not solid “A-List” material. Most of the tracks on Jasper County sound like they were recorded and engineered in someone’s basement rather than a recording studio. And all of it sounds like filler; I kept waiting for the real CD to kick in but it never did, which to me is huge disappointment since I am a loyal Trisha Yearwood fan. I love, or loved, her earthy sincere voice, and she has in the past sang with such emotion, but on Jasper County her soul is missing in action, and her voice sounds like it needs a long vacation despite the four year rest.

It is rare that I dislike every track on an album, and it surprised me that I found nothing to herald on Jasper County. From the opening track Who Invented The Wheel, a song whose lyrics sound as though they were written by a lovelorn teenage girl without a form grasp on the language, to the closing track Love Will Always Win, there is nothing by flat soulless music on this CD.

Who Invented The Wheel is harbinger of things to come on Jasper County. The song is poorly produced and it’s evident that Yearwood had trouble wrapping her vocals around the awkward phrasing and just plain bad writing. Track No. 7 Georgia Rain could have been the signature ballad on this troubled album, but it too turned out to be a badly written, 5:11 mess. By the four minute mark I just wanted it to end; the song had said all it had to say and the rest was meaningless repetition; a love song looking for its soul.

The last track on the album Love Will Always Win, a duet with fiancé Garth Brook is –sadly to say—another muddled soulless mess. No doubt the song is supposed to be a testimony to their love, and it does have it moments; their voices do complement each other, but the song lacked emotion, verve, passion; by then end of the song I wondered if these two are really in love or are they just going through to motions. If contrasted with another famous C&W couples duets, it comes up way short.

Final analysis: coming off the heals of a four year hiatus I would expected far more from a seasoned artist than what I got with Jasper County. I feel cheated and I want my money back! I would hate to think that Ms. Yearwood’s best days are behind her, but if Jasper County is a musical signpost of things to come, I’d just assume steer clear.

Track Listing:

1. Who Invented The Wheel
2. Pistol
3. Trying To Love You
4. River of You
5. Baby Don’t Let Go
6. Standing Out in a Crowd
7. Georgia Rain
8. Sweet Love
9. Try Me
10. Gimme The Goof Stuff
11. It’s Alright
12. Love Will Always Win


Great Music to Play While: At Work

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Jasper County
Label: MCA Nashville
Release Date: February 07, 2006

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