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article imageReview: Martina McBride astonishes on new album 'Everlasting' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 12, 2014 in Music
Country superstar Martina McBride released her newest studio album "Everlasting" independently on April 8. It was produced by Grammy winner Don Was.
In this 12-track collection, McBride covers some of the greatest soul classics. In 2005, Martina McBride released her Timeless album, where she covered some of the biggest country standards and this new record the R&B equivalent.
It opens with a piano-driven cover of the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," and she instantly grabs her listener's attention.
As Digital Journal previously reported, she stuns on her version of "Suspicious Minds," since she stays true to the original and makes it her own. The same holds true for the slow-moving ballad "If You Don't Know Me By Now."
In "Little Bit of Rain," McBride is accompanied by acoustic guitar and it is a controlled and warm vocal performance by the songstress.
She covers Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me" as a duet with pop-rock sensation Gavin GeDraw who sings with maximum soul. It is safe to say that DeGraw works wonders when he collaborates with female country vocalists, especially since this year he is featured on Sara Evans' new album, where he sings harmonies with her on a version of his own song "Not Over You."
McBride does Diana Ross proud on The Supremes' upbeat "Come See About Me," which displays her crystalline voice. One of the greatest treats on this album is the inclusion of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," which happens to be one of my all-time favorite R&B songs. McBride sings it beautifully and this would make a solid choice for a radio single.
Her bold rendition of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long" is both nostalgic and it highlights her wide range as a vocalist.
She changes the pace of the CD with the up-tempo Van Morrison hit "Wild Night," which seems like a great deal of fun to sing along to.
"In the Basement" is a sassy duet with pop superstar Kelly Clarkson and it is difficult to tell where each singer leaves off. Their voices blend so well together and it is the quintessential tribute to both Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto.
"My Babe" has a neat swing to it, and it closes with the moving ballad "To Know Him is to Love Him," which is the closest to a country-sounding song on the project.
The Verdict
Martina McBride tips her hat and pays homage to all of these iconic original artists by taking their songs, dusting them off and polishing them with her distinct vocals and dynamic range, proving that she is one true song stylist. This album really came from the heart and McBride excels at paying her respects to these endearing tunes and the artists. There is an equal balance of tempos on this project, where she covers both up-tempo songs, as well as ballads. While it is extremely hard to believe that McBride has yet to win a Grammy award of her own, this should be the album to break that streak.
With Everlasting, it is evident that McBride's talent and voice have no boundaries. She can sing any song in any genre of music and make it sound flawless. It is a substantial indication that Don Was is an exceptional producer and he deserves recognition for this project as well.
Particularly impressive is that she is able to take these R&B classics and introduce them to her fans and country music audience, who may or may not be familiar with these hits.
For more information on esteemed songstress Martina McBride and her Everlasting CD, visit her official website.
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