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In a career marked by more than one country music milestone, Waking Up Laughing is Martina McBride's strongest album yet. Fully realized in all respects, it finds the artist not only singing like there's no tomorrow but also co-writing a few songs and producing the entire affair. Steering her own record, she didn't cut corners. Her studio band includes stellar players on the order of guitarists Dan Dugmore, Bryan Sutton, and Steve Gibson; keyboardists Steve Nathan and Double Trouble's Reese Wynans; steel picker Paul Franklin; fiddler Larry Franklin; and the formidable rhythm section of drummer Matt Chamberlain and bassist Glenn Worf. These simpatico players impressively ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
In a career marked by more than one country music milestone, Waking Up Laughing is Martina McBride's strongest album yet. Fully realized in all respects, it finds the artist not only singing like there's no tomorrow but also co-writing a few songs and producing the entire affair. Steering her own record, she didn't cut corners. Her studio band includes stellar players on the order of guitarists Dan Dugmore, Bryan Sutton, and Steve Gibson; keyboardists Steve Nathan and Double Trouble's Reese Wynans; steel picker Paul Franklin; fiddler Larry Franklin; and the formidable rhythm section of drummer Matt Chamberlain and bassist Glenn Worf. These simpatico players impressively walk the line dividing traditional country stylings from more rhythmically driving, contemporary mainstream approaches (check out the pulsating, razor-edged attack on the rebound anthem, "Everybody Does," complete with snarling electric guitars and robust B-3 fills complementing its triumphant, soaring chorus). The lead single, "Anyway," a McBride co-write with Warren brothers Brad and Brett, alternates tender verses with a roaring, power-ballad chorus. "For These Times" by Leslie Satcher uses a guitar and mandolin attack to establish a down-home atmosphere for its musings on the dire state of the world and closes on an inspirational note with a full-on gospel chorus. McBride ends an album rich in topicality with "Love Land," a piano-driven ballad about a couple's sustaining love after losing a newborn child. Suffice to say that the touching final verse exemplifies the optimism and strength of character that makes Martina McBride's music so compelling. She chooses life.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Martina McBride scored big with Timeless, her collection of classic country tunes in 2005. It was yet another feather in the singer's cap. McBride's reign near the top of country music's pantheon has been near constant. She's picky about the songs she chooses to sing, she works with sympathetic producers, and her voice is, well, timeless. She's got the Southern twang, but its timbre carries within it a vast scope of American music. Check "Anyway," the first single and video from 2007's Waking Up Laughing, and one of two tunes on the set McBride had a hand in writing (and she produced the set herself -- she's earned the right). It's subject is to pray regardless, take the action and leave the result in the hands of Divine Providence: "God is great, but sometimes life ain't good/When I pray it doesn't always turn out like I think it should/But I do it anyway/I do it anyway." It's anthem to the beauty of failure, the courage in tenacity, and a testament to the willingness to do the right thing no matter how it turns out. It's got a massive string section, a slow, pronounced piano. The guitars crash against the strings in the refrain and the entire thing nearly lifts off the ground. The only thing holding it steady is McBride's big contralto. This kind of drama is her stock-in-trade. Celine Dion has nothing on her. Song itself is where McBride's quest as an artist resides. In the opener, "If I Had Your Name," rocking guitars, fiddles, mandolins, and big bad drums underscore McBride's scathing indictment of another's character flaws: "If I had your name/I'd be changin' it by now." A popping bassline and twin lead guitars fill the middle with menace and rage. "Everybody Does" feels like a flip side for "Anyway," with the subject of failure in love. "Loveland" and "House of a Thousand Dreams" have less of that large, theater-sounding dynamic. They are more traditionally "country" songs, a term that in the 21st century can mean almost anything -- and yes, that's good: it simply stands for American music these days. Waking Up Laughing is another brick in Martina McBride's astonishingly consistent catalog. Her continual affirmation for Christian faith may alienate some but will no doubt register with many country fans. Any way you look at it, Waking Up Laughing is a winner.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886970367424
  • Catalog Number: 703674

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martina McBride Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Steve Gibson Electric Guitar
David Angell Violin
Robert Bailey Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
David Campbell Conductor
Matt Chamberlain Drums
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
David Davidson Violin
Dan Dugmore Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Connie Ellisor Violin
Kim Fleming Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Dann Huff Electric Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote Piano
The Nashville String Machine Strings, Track Performer
Steve Nathan Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Glenn Worf Bass
Paul Worley Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Reese Wynans Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Jonathan Yudkin Mandolin, Strings
Tim Lauer Synthesizer, Accordion, Pump Organ
Keith Urban Guitar, Background Vocals, Soloist, Vocal Harmony
Bruce Wethey Violin
Monisa Angell Viola
Karen Winkelmann Violin
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Wes Hightower Vocal Harmony
Elisabeth K. Small Violin
Brett Warren Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen Cello
Carolyn Dawn Johnson Vocal Harmony
David Huff Percussion
Sarighani Reist Cello
Troy Johnson Vocal Harmony
Jenifer Wrinkle Vocal Harmony
Kirsten Cassel Cello
Stefan Petrescu Violin
Technical Credits
Martina McBride Composer, Producer, Audio Production
David Campbell String Arrangements
Richard Dodd Mastering
Bettie Ross Orchestration
Al Schmitt Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson String Arrangements
Jonathan Yudkin Composer, String Arrangements
Rick Jones Contributor
Billy Montana Composer
S. Wade Hunt Art Direction
Chris Lindsey Composer
Aimee Mayo Composer
Steve McEwan Composer
Leslie Satcher Composer
Shirley Settles Contributor
Brad Warren Composer
Marvin Green Composer
Elizabeth White Contributor
Tammy Hyler Composer
Jenai Composer
Ilya Toshinsky Composer
Rachel Proctor Composer
John McBride Engineer
Darlene Hill Contributor
Hillary Lindsey Composer
Renita Smith Crittendon Contributor
Calvin Settles Contributor
Ira Wayne Settles Contributor
Odessa Settles Contributor
Todd Suttles Contributor
Judy Forde Blair Liner Notes, Creative Producer
Jeremy Stover Composer
Dan Demay Composer
Fallon Settles Contributor
Sara Settles Contributor
Pierre Womble Contributor
Rachel Thibodeau Composer
Tom Douglas Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Her best yet!

    I love this album so much. Every song on here gets me in a different way. She is a true country singer. My favorite songs are: Love Land Beautiful Again and Anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was disappointed

    I have loved most of Martina's other albums, and I'm a huge fan of her songs that recognize social issues, but this album is nothing but a huge downer. The best song is track# 3 which features some great harmony with Keith Urban.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I loved here new cd and it was beter then i that is was going to be . If you have a girl or boy how like's martina mcbride i would really think about geting it for him or her.

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