Evans’ strongest album since 2001’s Born To Fly showcases her big voice, her...
Sue Keogh 2003-09-11
The fifth album from Missouri vocalist Sara Evans is powerful, confident and strikes the perfect balance between radio-friendly country pop and the rootsy sounds she offered with her 1997 debut Three Chords And The Truth.
The wife of a Republican senator, it's no surprise Evans pays homage to family life in her songs. But she also manages to squeeze in plenty of humour; in her vivid portrayal of a wife lusting after her soap-dodging husband in "Coalminer", and in the party anthem "Momma's Night Out".
As such a fine showcase for her big voice, Real Fine Place gives Evans the best chance at winning CMA Female Vocalist since she was first nominated in 2001. But will it be a case of always the bridesmaid, never the bride?