Shine Bottom Line:
Martina McBride returns with her 9th studio album called Shine. This is a strong country/pop CD with driving instrumentation and powerful vocals. If you're expecting more of the same from Martina, guess again. It's all that, and more! This CD will make you sit up and take notice of what she can really do!
Martina McBride and Country Music Today
Martina McBride is back with a rock solid offering called Shine. But before we get into this fabulous CD, let's talk a little about country music today. A lot of country performers are always looking for their own personal niche in country music. That sound and style that is distinctly their own. Some find it, some never do. The problem is when that niche turns into a rut, and everything they do sounds like everything they've done. Fans quickly grow tired of the same old same old. I can think of several country performers from the 1990's who have fallen victim to this. So what does this have to do with Martina? When I sat down to listen to her new CD Shine, I really was expecting to hear more of the same old musical and vocal arrangements like I've heard before on several past Martina CD's. I'm glad to say that I was pleasantly proven wrong.
I sat and listened to this CD from start to finish. And all I can say is "WOW!" Martina has completely reinvented herself and her sound.
Shine - The Songs:
If you've heard the first single called "Ride," then you have some idea of what this CD has to offer. The CD starts off with a slow pop jam called "Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong." When a relationship ends, you might feel as though you'll never love again. Well, as the song says, "you're wrong baby."
"Sunny Side Up" is a playful song about having a positive look at life and the world. The vocal arrangement in "Sunny Side Up" is simply up beat and fun. This song has hit single written all over it!
The song "Walk Away" is about knowing when it's time to leave a relationship. But in true Martina fashion, the emphases isn't on the relationship that's ending, it's on knowing that in time, you will both find someone else and love again.
Probably the most powerful and emotional song on this CD is called "I'm Trying." It's a slow song about a man with an addiction to the drink and the woman who still believes in him and what they have together. This isn't another 'crying in your beer' song. This is about opening up your heart, and baring your soul to the one you love, and Martina sings it with honest emotion and conviction.
Another feel good fun song is "Don't Cost A Dime." It's about sticking together through the hard times and appreciating the little things that really make a relationship strong and special.
"You're Not Leaving Me" is an up tempo country rocker about a woman who's laying down the law and telling her man that he's not going anywhere.
Another really emotional song is "Wild Rebel Rose." If you listen and read between the lines, you'll understand why she wore too much eye makeup and black long-sleeve turtlenecks in July.
The CD closes with the song "Lies." She's telling herself that she doesn't miss him. She doesn't wait by the phone for his call. She doesn't walk the halls, and the loneliness doesn't make her climb the walls. All the while she knows that it's all just lies.
Martina McBride's new CD Shine is packed with fun, love, emotion and energy. Anyone who is a Martina McBride fan will love this new CD.
Release Date: March 24, 2009 - RCA Records
Shine Track List:
1. "Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong"
2. "I Just Call You Mine"
3. "Sunnyside Up"
4. "Walk Away"
5. "I'm Trying"
6. "What Do I Have To Do"
7. "Don't Cost A Dime"
9. "You're Not Leaving Me"
10. "Wild Rebel Rose"