Martina McBride – Everlasting



Length: 39:07
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Producer: Don Was
Track Listing: 1. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 2. Suspicious Minds 3. If You Don't Know Me by Now 4. Little Bit of Rain 5. Bring It On Home to Me (with Gavin DeGraw) 6. Come See About Me 7. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted 8. I've Been Loving You Too Long 9. Wild Night 10. In the Basement (with Kelly Clarkson) 11. My Babe 12. To Know Him Is to Love Him
Singles: If You Don't Know Me by Now, Bring It on Home to Me



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Vibrant new album from Martina McBride. Surprisingly good covers of some classic soul and R&B songs.


Some may not like Martina's new album because it features too many cover songs. Also, Everlasting doesn't portray the singer's signature music style, which is country and not soul.

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Martina McBride’s new album, Everlasting, is the twelfth album from this country music superstar. The album was released April 8, 2014.

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Martina McBride’s new album, Everlasting, is the twelfth album from this country music superstar. The album, which was released April 8, 2014, is a bit of a surprise. Rather than an album of her own original material, this features McBride doing covers of earlier songs. The collection features a lot of soul and blues favorites.

While this may seem an unusual choice for a country singer, she manages to pull it off quite well. McBride opens the album with “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and demonstrates how she can balance soul and country influences to create a memorable sound. The tune is soulful, yet the production has enough country in it that it works with McBride’s strengths for a great opener. From there, she moves into “Suspicious Minds”, an Elvis Presley classic. This song moves a bit faster, and McBride is able to carry the song capably, accompanied by classic horns, and just a touch of country.

Later in the album, McBride takes on one of the great classic soul songs, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” It is a challenge to tackle a song that was done so superbly before (in this case, by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes). In such circumstances, few artists can come up with a rendition that compares well with the original. While her new version does not try to match the passion of the earlier song, she gives it her own interpretation, with smooth vocal stylings.

A couple of duets on this album are memorable. The first is with Gavin DeGraw. The duo sing together on “Bring It on Home to Me”, with sensational results. She gives the song a gentle, yet sensual style. DeGraw contributes an edgier voice with some true soul showing through. The pair have an amazing chemistry, and the song is a highlight of the album. The other duet is “In the Basement”, where McBride is joined by the big-voiced singer, Kelly Clarkson. The two show off different styles here, with Clarkson making more use of adlibs and vocal runs. The combination works well, though, and this is another of the album’s high spots.

Everlasting was produced by Don Was, and came out on McBride’s own music label, Kobalt Label Services. The album made its debut at the number 1 position on the Top Country Albums chart. This made history, since she is first female recording artist in the history of the chart to come out with an independently released album that debuted at number one. The album also debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200. McBride’s Everlasting Tour begins on May 8, 2014.

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