Cry

Cry

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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 shimmeringSee more details below

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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.

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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:
58063

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]  - Faith Hill

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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
Sara Parkins   Violin
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

Technical Credits

Faith Hill   Producer
Tom Lord-Alge   Mastering
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,Digital Editing
Marti Frederiksen   Producer,Digital Editing
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Programming,Producer
David Lyndon Huff   Programming
Julian King   Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Chris McHugh   Programming
Chris Rowe   Digital Editing
Doug Sax   Mastering
Elliot Scheiner   Remixing
Suzie Katayama   String Conductor
David May   Producer
Ricky Cobble   Engineer,Digital Editing
David Dieckmann   Authoring
Ted Tjornhom   Programming
Allen Ditto   Engineer
Michael McCoy   Engineer
Sandra Westerman   Art Administration
Erik Lutkins   Engineer,Digital Editing,Loop
Robert Hadley   Mastering
Frank Macek   drum programming
Josh Wilbur   Digital Editing
Jeremy Blair   Engineer
Brian Paturalski   Engineer
Jason Gantt   Engineer,Digital Editing
David Bryant   Engineer
Wade Kirby   Composer

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