Few contemporary country artists have so successfully balanced artistic integrity and commercial viability as Trisha Yearwood has—and on her 11th MCA release, she manages to take that mastery a

Few contemporary country artists have so successfully balanced artistic integrity and commercial viability as Trisha Yearwood has—and on her 11th MCA release, she manages to take that mastery a step further. Potential radio smashes are plentiful and obvious, including the soaring debut single, "I Would Have Loved You Anyway," and the softly percolating midtempo cut "For a While." But, thankfully, Yearwood continues to take chances, be it with the slightly swampy "Love Alone," a pleasing take on Roseanne Cash's "Seven Year Ache," or the brooding "Love Let Go." Yearwood's voice is a treasure, alternating between jaw-dropping heights and ideal understatement. She simply tees off on "I Don't Paint Myself in Corners," as pure a country powerhouse ballad as she has ever laid down. And the title cut is a cool, R&B-tinged pop exercise with Don Henley that's loaded with personality. Yearwood not only remains at the top of her game, but she also continues to top herself.—RW

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