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Martina McBride - Martina
CD Review by Jim Weaver

CD Review:
So when you put some though behind who is the biggest country female star in the last few years, who comes to mind? There are only two that have had any real chart success over the last two years; one is Terri Clark and the other has a new CD in stores and is pictured right there -> .... Martina McBride. Oh sure Shania's a huge star but from her latest CD Up she's only been able to crack the top 10 twice and hasn't had a #1 song in a long time. What about Faith you say? What about her, I don't know what she's doing these days, but it ain't country. She's having a hard time getting a song into the Top 20 on the country charts. Nope, one of the very few big country female stars to stay the course with country music is Martina and thank God for that. I'm not saying that she hasn't dabbled into the pop stuff, she has, but so far she keeps coming back down to earth and sticking to her country roots. Her new CD titled Martina is right where she needs to be, belting out some contemporary country, some traditional and even some bluegrass. Martina says in her bio; The thing is, I just love where I am right now in my career, she says. I love country music. I dont ever feel restricted by the genre. Ive been able to have a solid career that weve built one step at a time and a family. I know that Im in a good place. 

One of my favorite songs on this CD is "Reluctant Daughter", written by Sally Barris and Jon Vezner and arranged by Ricky Skaggs so you know it has a little Grassy feel to it, and it does, and it's great! This is Martina's eighth studio album and it continues to build on her already rock-solid country music career. If you love Martina, you probably already have this one in your collection, if you like Martina, you'll like her even more after you hear this CD.

Martina McBride - Martina track list:

1. So Magical 
2. She's A Butterfly 
3. City Of Love 
4. This One's For The Girls 
5. How Far 
6. Reluctant Daughter 
7. Wearing White 

8. When You Love Me 
9. In My Daughter's Eyes 
10. Learning To Fall 
11. God's Will
12. Over The Rainbow (Live)
Bonus Track: Show Me - (Wal-Mart only)

Rating: Buy It!

Website Review by Jim Weaver:
Martina's website is one of the better artist sites you'll find on the web. Her webmaster Darren does a great job without using FLASH files bigger than Dallas to pull it off. Colorful, great pics of Martina, downloads, huge Message Board, fun Chat Room and much more! The music clips are a link to CMT.com which I don't get but at least they're available. I was a little disappointed at first when I couldn't find more pictures of Martina with fans, in concert and the like but when I asked about that in the chat room (which was very busy I might add) the chatters told me to check out the Picture Postings on the Message Board... I was disappointed no more. The only thing I can find missing from the site is a links page so they can thank other websites that write nice things about them, but I won't count that against them.

Rating: Outstanding!

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