RELEASE
September 26, 1995
LABEL
BMG Special Products
GENRES
Country, Contemporary Country, New Traditionalist

Album Review

Coming two years after her smash The Way That I Am and her mind-bogglingly successful single, "Independence Day," Martina McBride had nothing to prove -- except to the folks in accounting at her record company. Wild Angels continues her exploration of melding classic country influences and modern pop -- long before Shania Twain dreamed it -- in the same way (albeit in a radically different time and context) that Patsy Cline did 30 years earlier. Using the same production team of Ed Seay, Paul Worley, and herself -- with a literal boatload of engineers -- McBride and company assembled a fine collection of songs and performers, including the Band's Levon Helm and Ashley Cleveland on backing vocals, to deliver a powerful set that is her most consistent yet despite not having a single as memorable as "Independence Day" (but you only get those once or twice in a lifetime anyway, right?). Here there are many standout tracks, not the least among them being a rocking & rolling country version of Delbert McClinton's classic "Two More Bottles of Wine" that blows away Emmylou Harris' version and rivals McClinton's. In addition, there are a couple of Matraca Berg cuts, including the modern country title track and the soulful weeper "Cry on the Shoulder of the Road." The Bunch/Stinson-penned "You've Been Driving All the Time" has that irresistible lead-in of acoustic guitars that gives way to compressed ringing electrics that underscore her voice so well and make the track a winner. But there aren't any weak moments here, and McBride proves for the third time that she not only is for real, but that she has the ability a lot of her peers don't to make consistently engaging, moving, and memorable music from album to album. That's an achievement.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Wild Angelshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258598510&id=258598408
  2. Safe in the Arms of Lovehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258598974&id=258598408
  3. Phones Are Ringin' All Over Townhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258599192&id=258598408
  4. A Great Disguisehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258599327&id=258598408
  5. Swingin' Doorshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258599789&id=258598408
  6. All the Things We've Never Donehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258599848&id=258598408
  7. Two More Bottles of Winehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258600033&id=258598408
  8. Cry on the Shoulder of the Roadhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258600082&id=258598408
  9. You've Been Driving All the Timehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258600360&id=258598408
  10. Born to Give My Love to Youhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258600393&id=258598408
  11. Beyond the Bluehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=258600737&id=258598408
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