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Hearts in Armor
     

Hearts in Armor

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by Trisha Yearwood
 

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The leap Trisha Yearwood made as an artist between her debut in 1991 and Hearts in Armor in 1993 is remarkable. It remains one of her highest achievements. In addition, this one was wrought from conflict; it was released just after her divorce and the record feels like an exorcism. As with her debut, producer Garth Fundis and

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The leap Trisha Yearwood made as an artist between her debut in 1991 and Hearts in Armor in 1993 is remarkable. It remains one of her highest achievements. In addition, this one was wrought from conflict; it was released just after her divorce and the record feels like an exorcism. As with her debut, producer Garth Fundis and Yearwood selected songs from the cream of Nashville's hit producers; "Wrong Side of Memphis," a tough, near spitting rocker tempered by honky tonk fiddles was written by Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, opened the disc and may have thrown fans of her ballad style. But fears would have been unfounded as "Harrison's Nearest Distant Shore" was all ballad and then some. There's the R&B-flavored "You Say You Will," by Beth Neilsen Chapman, that's sassy and tough, full of funky piano and a killer acoustic guitar solo by Billy Walker Jr. and a killer backing vocal by Raul Malo (before anyone knew who the Mavericks were). Chapman also contributes a stunning ballad to this set, "Down on My Knees," that is wrenching in its pure intent. "Walkaway Joe" features a harmony vocal by Don Henley and Dobro ace Jerry Douglass. Yearwood's telling the story she tells best, working-class love gone bad. But the finest moment on Hearts in Armor is Yearwood's cover of Emmylou Harris' "Woman Walk the Line," with Harris singing backup with Stuart Duncan on fiddle and Sam Bush on mandolin along with Yearwood's band; this is the ultimate testament about being woman cheated on who goes out to have a drink to hear some music and walk the line between marriage and dissolution. It's searing in its heartbreak and full of the tension that comes with the territory of loving someone who needs by his very nature to cheat. It's devastating, helped in part by Harris' unobtrusive but emotionally loaded backing vocal to Yearwood's open-throated wail. Henley also guests on the closer, which is the title track. If there is any speculation about whether Yearwood was airing her dirty laundry on the album, it becomes obvious in this song, that this is about her dealing with her own emotions, her own issues. Blame is useless in this ballad, there's nothing left but heartbreak and emptiness and the challenge of rebuilding a life haunted by the ghosts of another. Hearts in Armor is stunning; it's one of the best heartbreak records country music delivered in the '80s and '90s.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2007
Label:
Mca Special Products
UPC:
0602517372511
catalogNumber:
000924502

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Performance Credits

Trisha Yearwood   Primary Artist,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Garth Brooks   Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Don Henley   Vocal Harmony
Matt Rollings   Piano
Tim Mensy   Acoustic Guitar
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Vince Gill   Vocal Harmony
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Raul Malo   Vocal Harmony
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Steve Nathan   Piano
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Harry Stinson   Vocal Harmony
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Glenn Worf   Bass
Billy Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Dan Potter   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Matraca Berg   Composer
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer
Verlon Thompson   Composer
Tim Mensy   Composer
Keith Whitley   Composer
Kieran Kane   Composer
Greg Barnhill   Composer
Garth Fundis   Producer
Jude Johnstone   Composer
Paul Kennerley   Composer
Gary Laney   Engineer
Vince Melamed   Composer
Jamie O'Hara   Composer
Senor McGuire   Cover Photo
Gary Harrison   Composer

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