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Real Fine Place
     

Real Fine Place

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by Sara Evans
 

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Proving that her platinum-selling 2003 album, Restless, was no fluke, Sara Evans is singing like a world-beater on Real Fine Place, which she also helped write and produce. Evans is as adept at building a big, booming contemporary country sound for her up-tempo numbers as she is at allowing an acoustic foundation to shape the

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Proving that her platinum-selling 2003 album, Restless, was no fluke, Sara Evans is singing like a world-beater on Real Fine Place, which she also helped write and produce. Evans is as adept at building a big, booming contemporary country sound for her up-tempo numbers as she is at allowing an acoustic foundation to shape the ballads. Both approaches inform the potent original "The Secrets That We Keep"; an explicit, sensual country power ballad about what goes on behind closed doors, it's at once tender and red-hot, racing to a climax that features sweet strings crying softly at fadeout. A peerless balladeer, Evans can caress a gentle account of commitment and enduring love -- such as her own "Tell Me" -- with touching conviction made doubly resonant by the rustic touches supplied by fiddle and pedal steel punctuations. She steps things up on an interpretation of Radney Foster's "A Real Fine Place to Start," a rocking, super-melodic, hook-laden, twang-rich celebration of new love that gives Evans full rein to coo the verses and soar on the irresistible choruses. Likewise for Sheryl Crow's "Roll Me Back In Time," a Tom Petty–styled story-song about restless teen newlyweds striking out from their small town for Hollywood, which Evans injects with rich organ fills, snarling, Skynyrd-like electric lines, and a stirring vocal that finds her somewhere between weeping and howling. A fine place, this, for some real fine music.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Three years after the 2000 smash Born to Fly, Sara Evans matched its hit status with Restless, where singles like "Suds in the Bucket" and "Perfect" balanced her fun-loving country girl sensibilities with a homespun take on true love. She maintains that balance in 2005 with Real Fine Place. Evans is unabashed and straightforward about loving her husband and her family, and living her life in the eyes of God. But that doesn't mean she can't paint the town ("Momma's Night Out") or sing one of the best country songs about cheating in a while, the aptly named "Cheatin'." "How do you like that paper plate and those pork 'n' beans you're eatin'?" Evans asks with a perfect blend of spite and hurt. "Maybe you should've thought about that when you were cheatin'." Like on "Momma's Night," where a brassy horn section and backup singers punch up the arrangement, Real Fine Place isn't afraid to challenge the conventions of country or even contemporary country. "Coalmine" begins as a typical Dixie Chicks-style traditionalist number, but it's modernized with great lyrics that don't stick to cliché ("Can't wait to get him home/Ain't gonna have nothin' but the supper on...") and an ending section that layers Evans' vocal numerous times over the fiddle and rambling percussion. "Roll Me Back in Time" was written by Sheryl Crow and pop producer John Shanks and it sounds like it, while lead single "Real Fine Place to Start" is a breezy foot-tapper that shows off Evans' throaty vocal over steady pop percussion. While Real Fine Place is pretty slick in its production, it's sure to lure traditional country fans with Evans' rich vocal presence and the album's assertion that the simplest things in life are its truest. In that sense, Real Fine Place is the nicest kind of contemporary country. It looks at both sides of that phrase equally without losing sight of the heart in the center.
Entertainment Weekly - Will Hermes
No woman currently does big-country schmaltz with more class and better hooks.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828766948622
catalogNumber:
69486

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Performance Credits

Sara Evans   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Jew's Harp
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Jeff Coffin   Tenor Saxophone
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Chris Dunn   Trombone
Jack Evans   Vocals
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Slide Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Steven Herrman   Trumpet
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Marcus Hummon   Acoustic Guitar
David LaBruyere   Bass,Bass Guitar
Randy Leago   Tenor Saxophone
Gary Morse   Steel Guitar
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Darrell Scott   Acoustic Guitar
Randy Scruggs   Banjo
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Tim Akers   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Penny Whistle
Kevin Whalum   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Desmond Pringle   Background Vocals
John Hinchey   Trombone
Steve Herman   Trumpet
Ashley Evans Simpson   Vocals
Matt Evans   Vocals
Leslie Lyons   Vocals
LaTara Conley   Background Vocals
Troy Johnson   Background Vocals
Janelle Means   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Sheryl Crow   Composer
Radney Foster   Composer
Derek Bason   Engineer,Audio Production
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Marcus Hummon   Composer
Chris McDonald   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Mark Prentice   Composer
Darrell Scott   Composer
George Ducas   Composer
Mark Bright   Producer,Audio Production
Brett James   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Sara Evans   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John Shanks   Composer
Holly Lamar   Composer
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Richie McDonald   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Shaye Smith   Composer
Trent Tomlinson   Composer
J.R. Rodriguez   Engineer
Lori McKenna   Composer
Mark Kerr   Composer
Roxie Dean   Composer
Astrid Herbold May   Art Direction
Matt Evans   Composer
David Huff   drum programming
Troy Verges   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer

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Real Fine Place 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Real Fine Place is a superb listening experience. Upon first listen, it is comforting, enjoyable, and just plain fun. I thought Restless was my favorite effort from Sara Evans. Real Fine Place has taken that spot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago