It's been six years since Sara Evans has released a brand new full length studio album. Over these past six years she has been through several big life changing moments. Like, a very public split and divorce fro her first husband, finding love with Jay Barker, moving from Nashville to Birmingham and settling down to raise her family of seven children. Music through it all was put on the back burner but now that everything is settled Sara is ready to go back to the dance with the one that brought her, country music. One might think with everything she has been through that here new album would solely reflect that but that isn't the case. This album is a strong piece of work that reflects everything in life from the good times to the bad times, the moments of happiness and love to the ones of heartbreak and sorrow. Everything about this album and the songs are Sara, she makes you believe she went through each and everything topic on the album, even the ones she hasn't.
The title track and first single from the album, A little Bit Stronger, is a reflective song. It puts into perspective that even though life isn't always great and bad things may happen you will get through it and become stronger in the process. The song has received some great exposure as it is seen and heard in the movie Country Strong along with being one of the most continually high selling songs on iTunes prior to the release of the album and soundtrack. I will say as a listener, I gravitated towards this song from the very first time I heard it seeing I have been going through some extremely hard times in my life. I felt as if I could truly relate to it and the song was written especially for me even though it wasn't. It's just one of those songs anyone can relate to, it doesn't matter if it involves a relationship or not. Everyone has been there and sometimes it just takes hearing a song like this to realize even on your weakest days you get a little bit stronger, like the lyrics say.
One song that really stood out for me was My Heart Can't Tell You No. For those of you that don't know the song is a cover of an old Rod Stewert song. The first few times I heard the song I couldn't quite place it for some reason until I played it for my mom and she immediately knew it so with a little searching I listened to Rod's version. As much as I love his voice and a lot of his music, Sara truly sold this song to me. It was refreshing to hear this song from a female perspective. When it comes to Saras vocals, they soar, wrap and make the lyrics bend around them perfectly.
The closing track of the album, Born to Fly, is a old hit for Sara from a little over ten years ago. What made it different this time around was it's fresh new arrangement. It was stripped down to a bluegrass styling that showcased Sara's voice as it soars through the fan favorite. Though I do wish it had a little more fiddle and little less dobro the song truly sounds amazing with this kind of arrangement. One can hope Sara will incoorprate if she hasn't already this arrangement into her live shows.
All in all, as a long time Sara fan and country music lover. I would suggest this album to anyone who loves either. Because this album tells stories and is real life on so many different levels.
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