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Everlasting

Martina McBride

Vinyl Recording 2014

Review by David Bowling

 

Martina McBride is one of those people who can sing the phone book and make it listenable. She has a god given voice that has perfect tone and clarity. She is one of those modern day singers who treads the line between pop and country.

Here new album does not explore any new territory but covers the old very well. She tackles a number of classic pop and rhythm & blues tunes and moves them over to her own style and approach, which is not always easy.

She gives smooth and simple renditions of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “Bring It On Home To Me” and then goes in a different direction with a mellow interpretation of Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds.”

She is always at her best when she keeps the focus directly on her voice. Fred Neil’s “Little Bit Of Rain” and the assertive “My Babe” highlight one of the purest voices in music. “In The Basement” with Kelly Clarkson and “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted” are the type of booming songs on which she built her reputation.

If you are a fan of Martina McBride, Everlasting will only add to your enjoyment.

Rating: ***1/2

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