Picks and Pans Review: Born to Fly
Sara Evans (RCA)
While it may be a little more traditionally country than Evans's first two albums (1997's Three Chords and the Truth and 1998's No Place That Far), Fly is much more eclectic and adventurous. Evans even takes her sweet, delicate voice into hardcore pop with Diane Warren's "I Could Not Ask for More." And she stands up nicely on pop pianist (and frequent Grateful Dead collaborator) Bruce Hornsby's peppy "Every Little Kiss," with Hornsby himself sitting in on piano.
In fact, so intent is Evans on keeping things varied that she tosses a touch of Christian music into the pot with "Show Me the Way to Your Heart," which she cowrote with James LeBlanc. There is also a highway song, "Four-Thirty," and it's a dandy one, even if 4:30 a.m. seems a little late—or early—for a tryst.
Evans, who gave birth to a son, Avery, last year, turns this CD into a family affair. Avery provides backup gurgling on "I Keep Lookin'."
Bottom Line: Striking young country talent expands her horizons
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