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Faith Hill

It Matters To Me – 1995 (Warner)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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After megahits like "Take Me As I Am," "Wild One" and "Piece of My Heart" the first time around, Hill does not succumb to the sophomore slump. In fact, this is even better. The key difference is the quality of songs and Hill's voice. She sounds quite confident in her singing throughout, a bit smoky, a bit sultry and always on target ("You Will Be Mine" and "Bed of Roses" - She apparently loves that theme.). The closing "Keep Walkin' On," a duet with Shelby Lynne, adds a gospel feel. Hill gets to the emotional depth and despair in "A Man's Home is His Castle," a song about domestic abuse with a piano properly propelling the song. With the hits under her belt, Hill doubtlessly had a pick of material, and that certainly worked to her benefit. The disc alters between the upbeat ("You Can't Lose Me") and slower numbers (Alan Jackson's "I Can't Do That Anymore") with the cute first single "Let's Go to Vegas," the most commercial song on the disc. The only negative is that the usual cast of Nashville's finest session people sometimes sound like they were in the studio too long. But that's a small complaint in a varied album. Whatever the mode, Hill proves that she was no fluke.