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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Six years have transpired between Sara Evans' Real Fine Place and Stronger. In the meantime, contemporary country music has undergone a tumultuous shift in terms of its production style and songwriting trends. Though her life experiences -- good and bad -- have kept her from recording, Evans reveals here she's been paying close attention. The lead-off single, "A Little Bit Stronger," cracked the Top 20 before the album was released. Co-written by Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, with Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, it was used prominently in the film Country Strong. Sonically, it's simply one nod to contemporary country's current obsession ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Six years have transpired between Sara Evans' Real Fine Place and Stronger. In the meantime, contemporary country music has undergone a tumultuous shift in terms of its production style and songwriting trends. Though her life experiences -- good and bad -- have kept her from recording, Evans reveals here she's been paying close attention. The lead-off single, "A Little Bit Stronger," cracked the Top 20 before the album was released. Co-written by Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, with Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, it was used prominently in the film Country Strong. Sonically, it's simply one nod to contemporary country's current obsession with the 1970s multi-layered pop
ock sound even when it employs "traditional" country instruments like fiddle, banjo, and pedal steel. Evans co-wrote half the set, and the rest of the songs were chosen by her and producers Graham Chapman (Taylor Swift), who helmed four tracks, veteran Tony Brown, five, and Marti Frederiksen, one. The cuts produced by Chapman are the most jarring when juxtaposed with Evans' trademark sound. Opener "Desperately" uses what has become de rigueur in the genre, the complete aping of Lindsey Buckingham's (Fleetwood Mac) guitar sound as an intro. A multi-voiced backing chorus sings in near-counterpoint before the hooky center of the melody is laid out on a wall of big guitars, clipped drums, and a banjo hovering in the backdrop threatening to overwhelm Evans' vocal. It's pure country-pop, targeted as a possible follow-up single. Likewise, "Anywhere" -- a John Mellencamp-style rocker -- walks the line between country and stadium rock with its anthemic chorus. The Brown-produced numbers, such as the single and the midtempo ballad "Life Without Losing," are more in line with what Evans has given us before: tight lyrics, an instantly friendly melody, and a harmonic affinity between the melancholy in the lyric and the band's backing. Thematically, these songs touch on life's -- and love's -- trial, survival, and celebration. The set closes with a "bluegrass version" of the title track from her 2000 album Born to Fly, but it's about as far from bluegrass as this record is from traditional country. Evans' fans, however, will eat this up as welcome return to form. However, a more critical listen will reveal this set as a concession to Nashville's ever more restrictive, formulaic studio system.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886974969327
  • Catalog Number: 749693
  • Sales rank: 23,631

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Desperately (3:14)
  2. 2 A Little Bit Stronger (5:02)
  3. 3 My Heart Can't Tell You No (4:34)
  4. 4 Anywhere (4:07)
  5. 5 Alone (3:27)
  6. 6 Ticket to Ride (4:22)
  7. 7 Life Without Losing (3:43)
  8. 8 What That Drink Cost Me (4:00)
  9. 9 Wildfire (3:39)
  10. 10 Born to Fly (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sara Evans Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Eric Darken Percussion
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums
Dan Dugmore Dobro, Steel Guitar
Marti Frederiksen Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Kenny Greenberg Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Marcus Hummon Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
John Jarvis Piano, Wurlitzer
Greg Morrow Drums
Steve Nathan Synthesizer, Hammond B3
Darrell Scott Banjo, Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Glenn Worf Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Hillary Scott Background Vocals
Ashley Evans Simpson Background Vocals
Nathan Chapman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Stephanie Chapman Background Vocals
Lesley Lyons Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Tony Brown Producer
Jeff Balding Engineer, Vocal Compilation, Vocal Overdubs
Simon Climie Composer
Barry Dean Composer
Marti Frederiksen Composer, Producer, Engineer
Marcus Hummon Composer
Dennis Morgan Composer
Darrell Scott Composer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Sara Evans Composer, Producer
Clarke Schleicher Engineer
Andrew Dorff Composer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner Art Direction
Leslie Satcher Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Hillary Scott Composer
Tammie Harris Cleek Imaging, Photo Production
Mickey Jack Cones Digital Editing
Jason Kyle Engineer
Hillary Lindsey Composer
Todd Tidwell Engineer
Jaren Johnston Composer
Mark Petaccia Engineer
Dave Matthews Engineer
Kyle Ford Engineer
Nathan Chapman Composer, Producer
Scott Velazco Engineer
Luke Laird Composer
Matt Legge Engineer
P.J. Fenech Engineer
Judy Forde-Blair Liner Notes, Creative Producer
Matt Evans Composer, Producer
Brian Henningsen Composer
Aaron Henningsen Composer
Leland Elliott Engineer
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