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Trisha Yearwood

Heaven, Heartache & the Power of Love – 2007 (Big Machine)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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The record label may have changed for Trisha Yearwood, but one thing that did not is her powerful voice. Yes, she can turn it on, demonstrating the depth of feeling (the uptempo "They Call It Falling for a Reason" by Jim Collins and Matraca Berg, who produced the song), but she is also not a Johnny one note either by overdoing it. Yearwood mixes it up between tender and strong within a few bars ("This Is Me You're Talking To" and particularly "The Dreaming Fields"). Garth Fundis, who has been there since the get go knows who he is working with and makes the most of it.

Keith Urban is employed to handle backing vocals on "Let the Wind Chase You," which works well with the Aussie underneath Yearwood's vocals.

While Yearwood tends to sing with a soulful quality ("Nothin' 'Bout Memphis" and "Nothin' About You Is Good For Me"), she stretches out with a few harder country songs - "Cowboys Are My Weakness" by Jim McCormick, Hilary Lindsey and Karyn Rochelle of "Red High Heels" fame and "Drown Me," which really lets loose with a lot of piano from Reese Wynans - offering something a little different, and it works to good effect.

A few key changes don't obliterate what has helped Yearwood sustain a 16-year career so far - her fine voice and strong material that suits her styles.