Picks and Pans Review: Sara Evans

updated 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Real Fine Place

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Evans has always sounded a little like Faith Hill, and she seems to be adopting some of Hill's obviously commercial approach on this album. But the results are mixed, as her biggest strength—a pure, sweet voice that can also make her sound austere and above it all—sometimes works against her in trying to use more accessible material. Evans shines on the kicky up-tempo tune "Coalmine," espousing the appeal of a man "covered with dust," but her No. 1 hit "A Real Fine Place to Start" is more like real formulaic.


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