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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.

No woman currently does big-country schmaltz with more class and better hooks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766948622
  • Catalog Number: 69486

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Coalmine (3:26)
  2. 2 A Real Fine Place to Start (4:00)
  3. 3 Cheatin' (3:27)
  4. 4 New Hometown (3:54)
  5. 5 You'll Always Be My Baby (4:37)
  6. 6 Supernatural (4:38)
  7. 7 Roll Me Back in Time (4:56)
  8. 8 The Secrets That We Keep (3:40)
  9. 9 Bible Songs (4:46)
  10. 10 Tell Me (3:55)
  11. 11 Missing Missouri (4:16)
  12. 12 Momma's Night Out (2:53)
  13. 13 These Four Walls (4:34)
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Album Credits

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
The 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
Hank Williams Mastering
Tony Martin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fabulous Album

    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.

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