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Sara Evans

No Place That Far – 1998 (RCA)

Reviewed by Brian Wahlert

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Critics hailed Sara Evans' debut, "Three Chords and the Truth," as a fabulous traditional country album, but as happens all too often with great debuts, it stiffed at radio. So Evans is back with new producers Norro Wilson and Buddy Cannon (Sammy Kershaw, George Jones), and a more pop style.

The good news is that it works, chiefly because Evans' voice, a twangy cross between Patty Loveless and Terri Clark, is so strong and distinctive that it carries the songs. In "The Great Unknown," one of five songs that Evans co-wrote, she can barely contain her excitement as she persuades a lover to drive somewhere with her - anywhere will do. In the title song, the singer professes that there's nowhere she wouldn't go for her man's love. It's a big power ballad, complete with Vince Gill singing beautiful backup vocals, and sounds like the perfect wedding song.

Out of the 11 songs here, there's not a single loser.