Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz
Trisha Yearwood is better known these days for being on the Food Network for her cooking show and publishing cookbooks plus being Mrs. Garth Brooks than she is for her own recording career.
"Prizefighter" is a greatest hits collection plus with 10 hits and 6 new songs, going all the way back with her career song and debut single, "She's in Love With the Boy," which still resonates 23 years later. There are the upbeat ("XXXs and OOO's" and "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love") and the ballads ("Walkaway Joe" with Don Henley and the pop superhit "How Do I Live").
As for the new songs, they stand up well as an addition to the hits. The power ballad title track, which features Kelly Clarkson on backing harmonies, offers a positive message about getting up again and standing tall. Yearwood's vocal tenacity remains intact.
The Georgian goes soft with the acoustic-driven, very tender "I Remember You" with strings in the background. The delivery in a song about loss comes off as appropriately mournful with her sister singing backing vocals in the best of the new songs.
Not far behind his "Met Him in a Motel Room." It sounds like it might couple quite well with another new song, the swampy "You Husband's Cheatin' On Us," but, instead, is about a woman who goes to kill herself in a motel room only to find a Bible in the nightstand drawer. The former, penned by Matraca Berg, Marshall Chapman and Jill McCorkle, is about wife number one telling number two that there's woman number three out there.
"You Can't Trust the Weatherman" is the most country sounding of the batch in a funny, very well delivered story song about a couple who must get married, later crack a safe and flee to warmer climes before a hurricane sends them back to the sticks.
"Prizefighter: Hit After Hit" affords Yearwood the chance to rely on her hits, while trying to push new material. It's as if there wasn't enough confidence in Yearwood circa 2014 to stand on her own. That would be a mistake.