You may not have realized it but you’ve made it 12 years without new Trisha Yearwood music. But she’s back now and vowing to never stop.
Her latest album Every Girl just pulls you in, in a way that good music can. At this point in her career Trisha Yearwood considers herself fortunate to be so comfortable and confident in who she is as an artist, which translates to her music. She isn’t concerned about marketability of the songs, in fact she wouldn’t change one note on the album. And why would she? It’s perfect.
From the first word on the first song “Workin’ on the Whiskey” you remember how incredible Yearwood’s voice is. The control and range she shows in just this song prepares you for the rest of album. Yearwood did a few collaborations with power house artists such as Kelly Clarkson, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” where their harmonies are ridiculous. There’s a duet with her husband, up and coming country artist Garth Brooks, called “What Gave Me Away” a fun, jazzy, flirty song, which Brooks essentially just sings back up for.
The last song of the album is “Love You Anyway” featuring Don Henley. It was a song that Yearwood knew she had to have Henley sing on and also felt it was the perfect song to end the album with. There’s no doubt that ballads are Trisha’s bread and butter, and their voices combined create a beautiful song.
If you listen carefully, you’ll hear some Patty Loveless on the album. She lends her voice to Ashley McBryde’s “Bible and a .44.” Trisha is a huge champion of McBryde and what better recognition is there to have THE Trisha Yearwood cover your song and then put it on her first album in 12 years?
Trisha’s first single off the album, “Every Girl In This Town” debuted on the charts at 21 and has been climbing ever since. It may be the most radio friendly song on the album and in the country music climate today, a song about women and their struggles and triumph it fits perfectly.
We can’t talk about the album without discussing perhaps the best song, certainly the most unpredictable song, “The Matador.” The song can have so many interpretations, which is one of the reasons Yearwood loved the song and cut it. It has a Spanish flavor to it with horns in the background, a mariachi band if you will. If anything it gives the song a more haunting, melancholy vibe to the song. From top to bottom it is an amazing song that is truly an original.
From the first song to the last, this album feels both familiar and fresh. Songs like “Drink Up” is a fun loving, free spirit song, with a familiar theme of ‘kick back relax, and have a drink.’ “Something Kinda Like It” gives us plenty of steel guitar, a song that definitely works in today’s country, but something that easily could have been released 25 years ago. We are also given a little feistiness in “Can’t Take Back Goodbye,” a harmless little breakup song that delivers some amazing lines such as We had a good thing going/ ‘til you rolled it up and smoked it.
If anything, this album took me by complete surprise. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I do. So give it a chance and treat yourself to some beautiful music.