- Released: November 25, 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Rolling Stone - 12/10/99, p.1283.5 stars (out of 5)
- "...detours into both uplifting gospel territory and depressing Carter Family-style close rural harmonies..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/30/98, p.117
"A radio flop her first time out, critics' darling Evans returns with a generous helping of country-pop to balance her traditional fare..." - Rating: B
- 1.The Great Unknown
- 2.Cryin' Game
- 3.No Place That Far
- 4.I Thought I'd See Your Face Again
- 5.Fool, I'm A Woman
- 6.Time Won't Tell
- 7.The Knot Comes United
- 8.Love, Don't Be A Stranger
- 9.These Days
- 11.There's Only One
Personnel: Sara Evans, Vince Gill, George Jones (vocals); B. James Lowry (acoustic & gut string guitars); Jim Hurst (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Larry Byrom (acoustic guitar); J.T. Corenflos (electric 6- & 12-string guitars); Billy Sanford (electric guitar); Sonny Garrish (dobro, steel guitar); Larry Franklin (fiddle, mandolin); Chris Carmichael (fiddle); John Hobbs (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer); Randy McCormick (synthesizer); Larry Paxton (4- & 6-string basses); Eddie Bayers (drums, tambourine); Lonnie Wilson (drums); Terry McMillan (percussion); Martina McBride, Alison Krauss, Jamie O'Hara, Larry Marrs, Curtis Young, Liana Manis, Dennis Wilson, Lesley Lyons, Ashley Evans, Dan Tyminski (background vocals).
Principally recorded at Emerald Sound Studios and Starstruck Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
Personnel: Sara Evans (background vocals); B. James Lowry (acoustic guitar, gut-string guitar); Jim Hurst (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Larry Byrom (acoustic guitar); J.T. Corenflos (electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar); Billy Sanford (electric guitar); Sonny Garrish (steel guitar, dobro); Larry Franklin (mandolin, fiddle); Chris Carmichael (fiddle); John Hobbs (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, synthesizer); Randy McCormick (synthesizer); Larry Paxton (bass guitar); Eddie Bayers (drums, tambourine); Lonnie Wilson (drums); Terry McMillan (percussion); Larry Marrs, Curtis Young, Dan Tyminski, Ashley Evans, George Jones, Jamie O'Hara, Lesley Lyons, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Liana Manis, Dennis Wilson (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Brian Tankersley.
Recording information: Emerald Sound Studios, Nashville, TN; Music Mill Recording Studios, Nashville, TN; Sound Stage Studios, Nashville, TN; Starstruck Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Andrew Eccles.
Like Lee Ann Womack, Sara Evans is a hugely talented singer who manages to sound traditional and modern at the same time. But Evans' debut album THREE CHORDS & THE TRUTH, though a critical smash, was criminally overlooked by radio. Her sophomore CD isn't likely to suffer the same fate. It's an outstanding collection of songs (five co-written by Evans) made even more remarkable by her powerful vocals and some great production. Her voice, strongly reminiscent of Patty Loveless mixed with a hint of Bakersfield, can wring heartache out of ballads like "Time Won't Tell" and "These Days," and gallop through rockers like the clever opening track, "The Great Unknown," or the sassy "Fool, I'm A Woman."
The title track, featuring harmonies by Vince Gill, is a simply gorgeous ode to the lengths we go to for love. And it's a testament to Evans' talents that none other than the legendary George Jones agreed to lend his unmistakable voice to the hilarious, rollicking "Cupid." As the two singers tear their way through the song, grinning all the way, you can hear the essence of Evans' music--an up-to-the-minute sound with a hard country core.