June 6, 2014
Martina McBride is one of those people who can sing the phone book and make it listenable. She has a god given voice that has perfect tone and clarity. She is one of those modern day singers who treads the line between pop and country.
Here new album does not explore any new territory but covers the old very well. She tackles a number of classic pop and rhythm & blues tunes and moves them over to her own style and approach, which is not always easy.
She gives smooth and simple renditions of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “Bring It On Home To Me” and then goes in a different direction with a mellow interpretation of Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds.”
She is always at her best when she keeps the focus directly on her voice. Fred Neil’s “Little Bit Of Rain” and the assertive “My Babe” highlight one of the purest voices in music. “In The Basement” with Kelly Clarkson and “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted” are the type of booming songs on which she built her reputation.
July 31, 2009
Vinyl’s reign as the dominant music form had ended in the early 1990’s as CD’s were now being produced by the hundreds of millions.
The CD also led to the demise of the 45. For forty years the singles charts had featured these little 7″ records. As the decade passed, however, single hits would become the tracks receiving the most airplay from their parent albums.
Martina McBride is the angel faced country superstar who regularly has crossed over onto the pop charts. For the past fifteen years she has been a country staple selling millions of albums and headlining concert halls and areas across the country.
“Wild Angels” is one of her signature songs and one of my favorites as well. It is an up-tempo modern country song that just makes you smile. She possesses one of the great voices in country music and here it soars.
For years I never realized that it had even been released on a 45 as it had been issued in 1995. Several years ago I bought a huge box lot and there it was plus in pristine condition. It turns out that a few labels issued 45 rpm singles well into the 1990’s, especially in the country format.
Whatever the format, “Wild Angels” is a wonderful listen.