Hill - Breathe
admit, I was not expecting much when I first put Faith Hill's
new CD into my CD player. I believe her last CD, Faith,
was one of the worst to ever come out of Nashville. Happily,
I underestimated Faith Hill this time around.
starts out on a rocking good start. The first song, "What's
in it For Me?" is Faith at her absolute best, using that dynamic
voice of hers to show a Romeo to the door permantely after
giving him numerous second chances.
strong track is "The Way You Love Me." In an ode to a perfect
lover, Faith sings, "If I could grant you one wish, I wish
you could see the way you kiss." Yes, it's sweet, and it's
sappy, but it's beautifully produced and arranged. In fact,
it's almost an enjoyable version of her big hit from last
year, "This Kiss." "The
Way You Love Me" has all of the jubilance and exhiliation
of "This Kiss" but none of the annoyance.
If you are an extremely sad or lonely person do not buy this
album. It may induce you to commit suicide. Eleven of the
thirteen cuts are love songs. The titles of the songs endicate
that clearly: "Love is a Sweet Thing," "I Got My Baby," "Let's
Make Love (the mandatory duet with husband Tim-get used to
it people-There'll be a duet at least one of their albums
every year until they get divorced), and "If I'm Not in Love"
all are tracks on the new CD. The only exceptions to these
love songs are the previously mentioned "What's in it for
Me?" and the gospel song "There Will Come a Day."
most of them being love songs, Faith stays away from the main
problem she had with Faith. The songs, while having
the same premise (she's happy), are not repetitious in that
they do not all sound the same. Of course, there are some
killers. I will never understand what drove her to record
"Bringing out the Elvis," which is simply a horrid song. Although
I'm willing to bet that because she sings it, it mentions
swiveling hips, and mentions Elvis, it will be a country single.
Is a Sweet Thing" is another fly in the ointment. It is one
of many country songs that have been recorded lately that
attempt to tell three different stories in three different
verses, none of which are related until the artists throws
in the chorus. Frankly, I hate all of them.
way, if we are mentioning flaws in the album, as a female,
I could REALLY do without the cover work. But if you are a
man, the pictures should inspire you to buy the album all
it's a feel good album. It is the type you put on for a long
trip or after a stressful day. It is not the best Faith album
(for the record, that would be It Matters to Me) neither
is it the most in depth, but the melodies are great, the lyrics
fun to listen to, and Faith's voice better than any of her
previous recordings. In other words, I recommend it.