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Cry
     

Cry

4.4 38
by Faith Hill
 

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With its slinky dance grooves, wailing rock guitars, and roaring ballads, Cry completes country superstar Faith Hill's transformation into a pop diva. For her hotly anticipated follow-up to the multiplatinum Grammy winner Breathe, she plays down her country roots -- a mandolin plinking away amid fuzzed-out guitars and shimmering

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With its slinky dance grooves, wailing rock guitars, and roaring ballads, Cry completes country superstar Faith Hill's transformation into a pop diva. For her hotly anticipated follow-up to the multiplatinum Grammy winner Breathe, she plays down her country roots -- a mandolin plinking away amid fuzzed-out guitars and shimmering vocal production on the defiant testimonial "This Is Me" is about as close to the heartland as Cry gets. Otherwise, Hill spotlights her impressive set of pipes, whether she's pleading for reconciliation in the anthemic "Back to You" or dreaming of payback for her broken heart in the blistering title tune, alternating hushed verses with angry, jut-jawed choruses atop pounding drums and a soaring guitar lead. The sexy spoken-word intro to the love ballad "Beautiful" sets up a nice change of pace, a poignant acoustic guitar solo and a nicely modulated vocal by Hill on the luxurious choruses accentuating the mix. She's equally successful on "Unsaveable," a contemporary R&B breakup number, and "Stronger," a soul ballad to rival Wynonna's best. But the highest point on this sweeping disc is "You're Still Here," a heartbreaking memory of, apparently, a deceased lover. Hill, in softening her attack, gets right to the core of the heartbreak, her voice cracking just so as strings softly rise and a haunting, lonely oboe line flitters across the soundscape. It's a stunner, the most dramatic example here of how Hill, who co-produced the album, uses all the technology available to her in the right way, without ever losing her soul to it. Playing to her strengths with style and substance, Faith Hill gives fans nothing to cry about with her latest.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Lavishly produced and packaged, Cry marks the continued ascent of Faith Hill from the lowlands of down-home authenticity to the heights of pop superstardom. Though plenty of Nashville A-team players back her up, the sound they churn out has almost nothing to do with country music. Riding a tide of massed synthesizer textures, sweeping orchestral strings, thundering drums, rock guitar licks, and melodramatic dynamics, Hill strives for the biggest possible gestures in her performance. The results are the kind of glitzy fireworks normally associated with Star Search or American Idol, in which the lyrics take a backseat to raw exhibitionism, and only the most cursory nod is made toward country lyrical convention.
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
Even cowgirls get the rhythm & blues, it turns out. (B)

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2002
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624800125
catalogNumber:
48001
Rank:
52074

Tracks

  1. Free
  2. Cry
  3. One
  4. When the Lights Go Down
  5. Beautiful
  6. Unsaveable
  7. Baby You Belong
  8. If You're Gonna Fly Away
  9. Stronger
  10. If This Is the End
  11. This Is Me
  12. Back to You
  13. I Think I Will
  14. You're Still Here
  15. [Untitled Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Faith Hill   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Piano
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Eric Darken   Percussion
Sid Page   Violin
John Fumo   Trumpet
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Greg Barnhill   Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Bekka Bramlett   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Paul Bushnell   Bass
David Campbell   Conductor
Darius Campo   Violin
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums,Tambourine
Larry Corbett   Cello
Jim Cox   Piano,Hammond Organ
Joel Derouin   Violin,Concert Master
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Marti Frederiksen   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Byron Gallimore   Electric Guitar,Clavinet,Overdubs,Sampling,Slide Guitar,Drum Loop,Sampled Keyboards,Synthesizer Accordian
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Maurice Grants   Cello
Dan Higgins   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Hoke   Autoharp
Jim Horn   Tenor Saxophone
Dann Huff   Guitar
Damon Johnson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Peter Kent   Violin
Michael Landau   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sam Levine   Tenor Saxophone
Dane Little   Cello
Diane Little   Cello
Michael Markman   Violin
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Doug Moffett   Baritone Saxophone
Jamie Muhoberac   Organ,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Maria Newman   Violin
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Joel Peskin   Baritone Saxophone
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Karie Prescott   Viola
Mark Robertson   Violin
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
David Stenske   Violin
Crystal Taliefero   Background Vocals
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Jonathan Yudkin   Mandolin,Cello,Bazouki
Susan Chatman   Violin
Edmund Stein   Vocals
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Annie Roboff   Drum Loop
Suzie Katayama   Cello,Conductor
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Bob Peterson   Violin
Leland Sklar   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Rudy Stein   Cello
Erik Lutkins   Drum Loop
Lisa Gregg   Background Vocals
Lynn Grants   Viola
Eve Butler   Violin
Cynthia Wyatt   Harp
Toss Panos   Drums
John Hayhurst   Viola
Bob Becker   Viola
Erika Duke   Cello
Dan Smith   Cello
Robert Matsuda   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Faith Hill   Producer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Spencer Chrislu   Authoring
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Vinnie Colaiuta   drum programming
Jim Cox   String Arrangements
Dennis Davis   Engineer
Marti Frederiksen   Producer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Programming,Producer
David Lyndon Huff   Programming
Julian King   Engineer
Chris McHugh   Programming
Elliot Scheiner   Remixing
Suzie Katayama   String Conductor
David May   Producer
Ricky Cobble   Engineer
David Dieckmann   Authoring
Ted Tjornhom   Programming
Allen Ditto   Engineer
Michael McCoy   Engineer
Sandra Westerman   Art Administration
Erik Lutkins   Engineer,Loop
Frank Macek   drum programming
Jeremy Blair   Engineer
Brian Paturalski   Engineer
Jason Gantt   Engineer
David Bryant   Engineer
Wade Kirby   Composer

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Cry 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith Hill's newest album breaks some new ground for her. It is much different than her last effort, much more slick and polished (maybe too much?), more adult contemporary/pop than country. She seems to be trying out several different musical styles on the same CD, maybe not sure what she is best at. What is right with this CD: her likeable, strong voice; her ability to convey emotion, especially on some of the gospel oriented tunes (mate Tim McGraw is very good at this too); the variety of songs. What is wrong: the producer made it a little to polished--is Faith having fun (example: easy to hear on the new Dixie Chick's CD Home) or is she working?; again, the producer layered so many sounds (drum machines, synths, bass) that at times it is hard to pick out Faith's voice from all the mess; maybe too much variety in song style. Next time, Faith, let them bring your fine voice to the front of the songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album from Faith, Cry, is not pure country. Nor is it pure pop, gospel, or any other musical genre for that matter. Which is what makes it totally incredible- and totally Faith. Faith has dug down deep and traced back to her roots in rural Mississippi, and given us a fusion of all the sounds she grew up listening to- gospel, pop, country, rhythm & blues, and some Faith-style soul. Songs like 'You're Still Here' and 'When The Lights Go Down' show Faith's amazing ability to capture a song and make it her own, wrapping her lush vocals around it and making an ordinary slow song into a soaring ballad. This record is Faith's best yet, for one reason only- because it is pure Faith. She has reached to every corner of her musical influences and brought it all to us in 'Cry'. She has continued to grow musically, and has poured her heart & soul into every track, giving us 14 tracks of Faith at her best. Pure Country? No. But it's Pure Faith, and that's the best you can get.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like the song Cry sung by Faith Hill, check out Angie Aparo's music. He is the songwriter of the song and hits top notes. Faith Hill's version is good but the original is sooo much better! The rest of the CD is pure Faith. Cry is found on The American by Angie Aparo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I FEEL THIS CD IS ANOTHER HIT FOR FAITH,I ESPECIALLY ENJOYED THE TRACKS "BEAUTIFUL" AND "YOU'RE STILL HERE" I EXPECT "YOU'RE STILL HERE" TO CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE CHARTS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
she is a really nice person ,and a great mother.her and tim remind me of me and my husband.e even look alot like them both..we love them keep up the good work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the album,i can relate to the songs. it her best yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith Hill has outdone herself this time-this CD is absolutely amazing. Though it strays from traditional sounds of country, it is nothing short of perfect. All the guitars and strings add a great background for Faith's strong vocals. I've had this CD for one day and can't stop listening to it. It is definately a CD that is worth buying and sharing with others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a country fan...this is for you. Her songs are gripping and the music is fanominal. Her best album yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Faith Hill fan since I first heard "Wild One" and "Piece of My Heart" years ago. While I loved her earlier contemporary country music, I also love her newer, more pop-inspired sound as well. Some of Faith's fans may balk at her crossover success but this album is pure Faith. While it will get airplay on the country stations because she started in Nashville, make no mistake about it--Cry solidifies the pop crossover she began on Breathe a few years back. This is a pop album and a great one to boot. The title track is amazing with Faith's voice in perfect form. And the opening track "Free" starts the CD off with a nice dance groove. Her ballads are great, especially "Unsaveable" and "Beautiful," but one of the best songs is the song "One." I find myself singing along to it each time and hitting the repeat button on my stereo quite often. A great CD all around and a great new sound for Faith Hill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sure, you can say that Faith's musical style has changed, but with the release of "Cry", Hill shows that she can pour any emotion into her work. From the liberating tune "Free", to the Faith-meets-Cranberries song "Back to You", and finishing up with the haunting but heartfelt melody "Your Still Here", she proves that theres not much she can't handle. Strictly a country fan, you might want to preview this cd before you purchase it. Otherwise, get ready for a leap of Faith, and a good "Cry"!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith Hill's new cd cry is amazing. She showed her true self in this album. The background music is exelent, and her voice is as incredable as ever. I think this is the best album she has released to date. My favorite song is "This Is Me", although I love them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you know the sound of Celine Dion you will know faith hill´s voice she has similar range and she got pipes Faith is great i don´t look at her as only a country singer but also as a popsinger and balladeer,Faith is just like Celine she tries new sounds as on this album we have a little bit of RN,B in Free and Stronger,Ballads and pop such as country but not.Faith is one of the greatest female vocalists in history at my onpinion there is only few divas that sounds so great as Faith,Celine,Mariah and Barbra Streisand. I Recommend This album and There You´ll be for all Celine fans and Mariah fans as well you´ll love this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cry is hands down the best music Faith Hill has ever put out. She just keeps evolving for the better. If your looking for some major twang, you will not find it here! But if you are looking for some good music with a heart and soul, Cry is the CD for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you like Faith Hill's cry you'll love kelley coffey's when you lie next to me actually you'll love all of her songs personaly i love what it's like to be me
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a superb album, I love the different styles of music Faith incorporated into it. Although one wouldn't expect these kinds of songs from a country singer, they are nonetheless amazing. Beautiful lyrics and melodies.. Definately buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy listening to this album, particularly "Cry", "When the Lights Go Down" (fantastic song), and especially "Beautiful." However, the non-single tracks aren't as good as I was hoping. Still, this is worth your cash if you're a long-time Faith fan who doesn't mind the pop influences or enjoyed the songs on the radio and can find it on sale somewhere. Not the greatest overall album that I've listened to recently, but good nonetheless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am listening to the CD as I write this. It got me hooked. I have been listening to the CD over and over again for serveral days now. Some CDs you have to listen several times before you start really enjoying it. This is not the case of "CRY". I got hooked from the beginning. My favourite song is "beautiful". I live in Brazil and, therefore, I do not have the "enhanced" version, which, I suppose, would give me access to Faith Hill's TV. When I place the CD on my CD-ROM drive, though, I have access to the "CRY Video", the "making of" the album, etc, but NOT to Faith Hill's TV!! I am not an expert, so this review is based upon whether I enjoyed the album or not: I ASSURE YOU I DID. It was worth waiting five years from "Breathe" until "CRY", because Faith Hill has become better than ever. I hopefully wait for a DVD out of "CRY", and, who knows, Faith's visit (and tour) to Brazil. Amazing job, Faith, fantastic! (I had to stop writing to listen to "You're still here" - this song moves me deeply)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith hill is the best. I listened to her album 4 times the night I got it.She works hard and deserves everything she gets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this review and say I was not a big fan of Faith Hill's when she was a pure country artist but as she's started leaning more towards a pop sound, I've been enjoying her more and more. I bought this CD last fall when it came out and I listened to it for a few weeks and put it away. I recently popped it into the CD drive again and I have not been able to stop playing it. I listen to it everyday! The music has a great lite-rock/pop feel and Faith's delivery on some of the songs is fantastic. The way she sings really shows what an incredible artist she is. On each song, she conveys the emotions of the lyrics and really brings the song to whole other level. I love the title track CRY and UNSAVEABLE is a great R&B number, reminding me of those old doo-wop R&B songs. Other favorites include WHEN THE LIGHTS GO DOWN and IF THIS IS THE END. YOU'RE STILL HERE closes out the CD with a beautiful haunting melody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith's most recent CD is great. Although she has crossed over with a bit more pop sound, there is still some country twang in it. She is great, and it sounds like she didn't stray too far from home on this one. It is good from the start, and continues to grow on you as you listen each time. I think you'll like it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, if you're lookin' fer Country Music, you're at the wrong CD. Faith Hill goes full-blown pop music, harkening back to the halcyon days of Sheena Easton, Bonnie Tyler, and Linda Ronstadt - with a touch of Britney funk and Shania polish thrown in. The single - and title-cut - "Cry" is worth the price of admission, and, sadly, not another cut approaches the chill-inducing power of this instant classic. Other songs range from quite good to quite average, but the over-all CD is an enjoyable listen, if you can make it past "Cry" without hitting the repeat button. A solid effort - Hill's voice is a revelation. The girl really has pipes, and she flat-out cuts loose here!! Take that voice and give it all A material and her next one should be awesome!! Definitely worth having.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got it for Christmas, and have listened to it several times hoping that it would grow on me. It hasn't...Faith's voice is still rock solid, but the mix of songs don't suit her, in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Hill, I love this CD!! It completely erases all the musical lines, like pop, country, and all the other nonsense. And don't worry about the bad critics who dont know what they're talking about(JANE magazine). Look at it this way, if you have people desperately trying to find something bad to say about you, than you're doing something right, aren't you?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To anybody who can tell me who the original male artist to perform "Cry" was please post it here. Ever since Faith covered it I cant seem to find anyone who knows it was done before her.