Album Review: Martina McBride, 'Eleven'

80 Billboard Rating

MARTINA MCBRIDE
Eleven
Producers: Martina McBride, Byron Gallimore, Dann Huff
Republic Nashville
Release Date: Oct. 11

You can take the girl out of Nashville, and apparently you can take some Nashville out of the girl, too - or at least out of Martina McBride on her 11th studio album. The appropriately titled Eleven (which has 11 tracks, with 15 on a Target special edition) is all about the new for McBride. This time out she has a different label, a fresh co-producer, and it's her first time recording outside of Music City (in Atlanta). Fortunately, McBride is up to the task of handling a wealth of new directions on what is, for all intents and purposes, a pop album with occasional country touches. The song "Teenage Daughters" features a sly bit of soul-rock and "Watcha Gonna Do" is just plain soulful, while "You Can Get Your Lovin' Right Here" mines a slinky but polished groove. Elsewhere, "Broken Umbrella" has more sunshine than a Katrina & the Waves video and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" will sell plenty of tissues, while McBride and Pat Monahan re-create their "CMT Crossroads" duet on Train's "Marry Me." Clearly you can take McBride-who co-wrote six of these tracks-anywhere and she'll sound just fine.

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