Personnel: Martina McBride (vocals, tambourine); Paul Worley (high-string acoustic, acoustic & electric guitars, 6-string bass); Biff Watson, Billy Joe Walker, Jr. (acoustic guitar); Dan Dugmore (electric guitar, steel guitar, dobro); Dann Huff, … see full wiki
Cons: Martina is not at her best; too many fast tracks
The Bottom Line: I only hope that in future releases Martina plays more to strengths than her obvious weaknesses
Original Release Date: September 26, 1995 Genre: Contemporary C&W Label: RCA Nashville Number of Discs: (1)
At first listen I have to admit that I was not at all thrilled with this CD. I bought Wild Angels (1995) because I own and listen to other CDs by Martina McBride and enjoy them immensely. Martinas Voice is powerful and genuine and rolls into the ears like silk to softly caress the senses.
So I was surprised this albumWild Angelsdid not immediately reach out and grab me. Something was missing from most of the tracks on the CD, and I couldnt quite put my finger on it until I recalled a conversation I had with my wife Christmas 2002. I bought her the Martina McBride Christmas CD and after listening to it she stated that something was missing. We discussed it and came to the conclusion that while Martinas voice was strong and beautiful to listen to, she sang the songs without soul; it was almost as if she were lock-stepping through the tracks, and you could hear it in her voice. She sounded bored and it was if she felt nothing for the songs, and this was conveyed in her voice.
And so it is with most of the cuts on Wild Angels; most of them, as sung by Martina, lack emotion, lack soul. And in my mind if feeling is not put into a song when sung, it looses something in the transition from writer mind to listeners ear. It is up to the artist (Martina in this case) to make us feel something inside when we hear the song; i.e. happiness, joy, sadness, anger etc. And if a song is done really well it makes us laugh out loud, or cry unabashed tears, or encourages us to sing along.
I listened to the CD all the way through several times, and did manage to find one song that stuck out and induced me to listen to it over and again: track No.6, All The Things Weve Never Done. I love good song writing, because to me a well-written love song is just a poem set to music, and like a poem, it should reach out and grab you by the heart and make you want to read it; or in this case, listen. All The Things Weve Never Done could be the story of any couple, who despite the adversities of life have managed to stay together because of the strength of their love, mutual respect, and friendship. As I sit here now and listen to the song, I reflect on my own relationship with my wife and know that I am lucky to her and all she gives me. I think these lines spoken by the wife to the husband speak volumes about what a relationship is really all about:
Partial Lyrics; All The Things Weve Never Done, Copyright 1995, Martina McBride:
You never walked away When I needed you to stay, Or made me feel Im not the one. Thereve been no broken vows, And the reason were here now, Is for all the things weve never done.
Weve never grown apart. You never broke my heart, With secrets that youve kept from me, Weve never been untrue, And Im still here with you, Through all the things weve never done.
There are other songs the album of note; they include track No. 3 Phones are Ringing All over Town, track No. 10, Born to Give My Love to You, and track No. 11 Beyond the Blue, all of which are love songs. What can I say; I am a hopeless romantic, as my wife will surely attest.
Martina is at her best when singing love ballads because her voice is build for that type of song. Some say the true measure of a artist range is the ability to sing both fast, racy songs and slow soulful ballads, but some voices are just meant to sing the later, for it is in these songs that their heart light shines, and their souls speak to us! Is it just me that feels this way?
Will Wild Angels stop me from collecting the rest of Martinas CDs? No, I enjoy her good stuff too much. I only hope that in future releases she plays more to strengths than her obvious weaknesses.
1. Wild Angels 2. Safe in the Arms of Love 3. Phones Are Ringin' All Over Town 4. Great Disguise 5. Swingin Doors 6. All the Things Weve Never Done 7. Two More Bottles of Wine 8. Cry on the Shoulder of the Road 9. Youve Been Driving All the Time 10. Born to Give My Love To You 11. Beyond the Blue