Martina McBride owns some of the most impressive pipes in any kind of contemporary music.
Martina McBride owns some of the most impressive pipes in any kind of contemporary music. And she has never been more in control of this powerful instrument than here. Often at her best when she reins things in, the string-laden "She's a Butterfly" and poignant "In My Daughter's Eyes" are exquisitely rendered. She still cuts loose, though: The hit-to-be "How Far" impressively builds to a window-rattling chorus, and a live version of "Over the Rainbow" is simply stunning. "God's Will" is a perfect showcase for her range and art, and Celtic instrumentation helps make the homespun "Magical" just that. Always comfortable on the pop side of the country fence, McBride conjures a sweet tone on the rocking empowerment anthem, "This One's for the Girls." Versatile, soulful and passionate, McBride has never been better.—RW