Sara Evans - Three Chords and the Truth
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Three Chords and the Truth (RCA, 1997)

Sara Evans

Reviewed by Brian Wahlert

Traditionalism is rare among today's new female country singers. There was Mandy Barnett, who couldn't buy a hit and then LeAnn Rimes, but she went pop after two singles. Sara Evans can't go pop - she doesn't have the material for it. Every one of the 11 songs oare pure, straight-ahead country.

For starters, she sings old Patsy Cline, Buck Owens and Bill Anderson songs in her powerful Patty-Loveless-meets-Terri-Clark voice, but even better are the seven songs she co-wrote. "I Don't Wanna See the Light" is incredibly beautiful yet terribly hopeless at the same time. A mandolin and Hammond organ perfectly frame Evans's quietly despondent vocal as she yearns for a few more hours of darkness before she has to face the day. "The Week the River Raged," a flood song of epic proportions, closes the album with a bang.

In the current pop-oriented country climate, Evans might not get much attention, but this is without a doubt one of the top five albums of the year.


CDs by Sara Evans

Copy That, 2020 At Christmas, 2014 Slow Me Down, 2014 Stronger, 2011 Greatest Hits, 2007 Real Fine Place, 2005


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