Picks and Pans Review: Where Your Road Leads
Album of the week
The first track on this album is "There Goes My Baby." This isn't the great 1959 tune recorded by Donna Summer, Joe Cocker and, of course, the Drifters. More's the pity. That song would have fit neatly into the imaginatively eclectic mix of material Yearwood and coproducer Tony Brown chose for this CD. Yearwood, who in her country mode can fall into an overproduction rut, here rocks gently with "That Ain't the Way I Heard It," grieves (tastefully) with "Heart Like a Sad Song," gets a little cute with "Bring Me All Your Lovin" ("And I don't want no candy/ Sugar hurts my teeth/ All I want is you tonight/ That'd be really sweet") and holds her own with Garth Brooks on the romantic title-song duet. Yearwood also profits from the contributions of some Nashville studio veterans, notably steel guitar virtuoso Paul Franklin.
One mild disappointment: Among the mix there is a song by Diane Warren, "I'll Still Love You More." Yearwood makes a decent attempt, but it ends up an overwrought track and shows that, for all her newly polished versatility,' this country singer may not be ready for pop divadom quite yet.
Bottom Line: A Nashville star shines beyond country music's borders