Owning a crystal-clear tremolo and a real star quality, Sara Evans has already broken through at radio and seems poised to take things even further.

Owning a crystal-clear tremolo and a real star quality, Sara Evans has already broken through at radio and seems poised to take things even further. "Rockin' Horse" is a punchy, passionately delivered uptempo, arranged and produced with gusto. Powerhouse ballads like "Niagara" and "Need to Be Next to You" are produced to the teeth, as is such peppier fare as "To Be Happy" and the stylish "Otis Redding." But Evans is at her very best when the focus is on her voice, which is quite impressive when surrounded by less obtrusive, more acoustic material. Witness "Backseat of a Greyhound Bus," the inspired, Celtic-tinged title cut and tender fare like "Tonight" and "I Give In." Evans is also an impressive belter on the bluesy "Big Cry," and she showcases a little twang to great effect on "Suds in the Bucket."—RW