Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz
Sara Evans started off as a hard country singer on "Three Chords and the Truth." The problem was that none of the three singles from that excellent debut were ever close to being hits. And with her career on the line, Evans opted to go for a pop sound and with that far more commercial success starting with "No Place That Far' in 1998.
Evans' voice possesses a lot of twang and vocal firepower. That twang is perhaps never more apparent in her post "Three Chords" life than the bouncy, lively number one hit "Suds in the Bucket" and the downright chilling "Cheatin'." Otherwise, Evans gets poppy on "Saints & Angels," "You'll Always Be My Baby" and "No Place That Far."
The very optimistic four new songs - all of which she helped write - continue in the pop end of country with vibrant vocals. The uplifting "Pray For You" is softer with acoustic guitar the primary instrument. The closing "Some Things Never Change," about a housewife with kids and a hard working, loving husband, seems an odd choice given Evans' personal life of a messy divorce proceedings and allegations of affairs.
Evans may make listeners think little has changed, but much has not only in her personal life, but in her musical choices resulting in this disc.