Personnel: Martina McBride (vocals); Biff Watson, B. James Lowrey (acoustic guitar); J.T. Corenflos (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); John Mock (whistle); John Hobbs (piano, hammond B-3 organ); Tony Harrell (synthesizer); Glen Worf (bass); … see full wiki
Traveling to and from Ohio Ive had to discover the art of CD listening all over again. There are just times in the mountains that radio reception isnt gonna happen. Since I have limited CDs Ive also discovered the fine art of gas station CD shopping. Its a gift you quickly hone or you end up with the most gawd-awful music you can imagine.
Last trip through I picked up Martina by Martina McBride. Turns out it was exactly what I needed for that trip, a little soulful working from a gal that understands the working gal and the lonely souls of the world.
Like most artists, Martina McBride deals in words that tell a story in one way or another. She covers the range from slow loving ballads to rocking verse and does it in a way that most can admire. Her vocalization is incredibly clear and precise, you can understand practically every word she sings. That is a rarity these days. The music is always well done and she can make you cry one minute and tap your feet the next.
The twelve songs on this CD covered everything I needed on this particular drive. Martina offered wise insight to the plight of women with This Ones For The Girls, then took you through an emotional ride with the ballad, How Far.
I laughed through my tears with Wearing White as she tells about the town tramp that has found her true love and I longed for a daughter of my own with In My Daughters Eyes. Martina is very family-oriented and I know this song represents just how she finds herself reflected in her children.
However, just when I thought I was done on my emotional ride, she took me down with the final two selections. Gods Will not only has an interesting tempo but the words, the story. Stop, Ill start crying again. During the final song I had to actually pull off the road to listen. I thought I had heard this song performed by everyone, none really compared to Judy Garland previously, but Martinas rendition of Over The Rainbow will absolutely floor you. It is performed live and the crowds reaction triples the power of her singing.
I know some people think her songs are too preachy, like she is always trying to make a point. She has a right to be preachy. God gave her an incredible talent, if she can take that talent and work magic with it, have at it. If her songs tell a story someone doesnt want to hear, there is probably a reason for that. Perhaps they touch a bit too close to home.
Ever since the "Star Search" craze started some years back we have been swamped with vocalists that hold a protracted note to its nth degree. Of course, it started long before that, the Diva Streisand can hold a note until tomorrow (shove that Celine, you'll never top her). It's that part in a song that everyone waits for anymore and expects. Martina is no exception, she'll catch a note now and again and work it hard.
Some people like this, some don't. I've learned, over the years, to expect and accept these things. Again, like I said, it's God's gift, use it however He deems.
Im not sure which category you could place this CD in, parts would make for a great romantic evening but not all of it. Certainly it wouldnt make for good background music during a party, a few drinks and the crowd would be bawling. Not good for cleaning the house either. Perfect for driving music when you are alone, or on a dark starry night when you want to get back in touch with your soul. A portable CD player, headphones, a frosty beverage, a lounge chair, and Gods moon and stars - yeah, thats the ticket.
The songs included on this CD are:
1. So Magical 2. She's A Butterfly 3. City Of Love 4. This One's For The Girls 5. How Far 6. Reluctant Daughter 7. Wearing White 8. When You Love Me 9. In My Daughter's Eyes 10. Learning To Fall 11. God's Will 12. Over The Rainbow
There is the standard cover sheet, nothing fancy. I picked this up for $18 and Id do it again in a heartbeat. Enjoy.