Performer: Faith Hill
Artist: Tim McGraw
Engineer: Erik Lutkins; Derek Bason; Jeff Balding; Julian King...
Distributor: WEA (Distributor)
Notes: Personnel includes: Faith Hill, Tim McGraw (vocals); B. James Lowry (acoustic & electric guitars); Larry Byrom (acoustic guitar); Dann Huff, Gordon Kennedy, John Willis, Michael Landau (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Gary Smith (piano, organ); Aubrey Haynie, Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Steve Nathan, Tim Akers (keyboards); Glenn A. Worf, Mike Brignardello (bass); Lonnie Wilson, Steve Brewster (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Bekka Bramlett, Chris Rodriguez, Gene Miller, Kim Parent, Lisa Bevill, Stephanie Bentley (backgound vocals); The Nashville String Machine. Producers: Byron Gallimore, Dann Huff, Faith Hill. Principally recorded at Ocean Way, Nashville, Tennessee. Faith Hill won the 2000 CMA Award for Female Vocalist Of The Year. BREATHE won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Country Album. "Breathe" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. "Let's Make Love" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. "Breathe" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award in the categories of Best Country Song and Song Of The Year. "The Way You Love Me" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Country Song. Personnel: Faith Hill (vocals); Julian King (recorder). Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; J.R. Rodriguez; Bryan McConkey; Mike Shipley. Recording information: Emerald ENtertainment, Nashville, TN; Essential Sound, Nashville, TN; LOUD Recording; Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, TN; Sony Music Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Sound Kitchen, Franklin, TN. With her third album, FAITH, Faith Hill tasted pop crossover success--and she evidently liked the taste. BREATHE, Hill's fourth release, takes the pop/country stylings of FAITH to the next level. It's an appealing collection of pop, gospel, R&B, rock, and ballads, with just a bit of country thrown in. The production, featuring Hill's big voice surrounded by booming drums and screaming guitars, is so slick you could skate on it. Love is the subject of nearly every song, from the exuberant "I Got My Baby," to the soulful "Love Is a Sweet Thing," to the cutesy "The Way You Love Me," with its Beatlesque backing vocals. But while Hill can obviously handle a wide range of material, she sounds best on the quieter, country-flavored numbers, like the title track, the lovely "It Will Be Me," and a haunting, vaguely Latin-flavored reworking of Bruce Springsteen's "If I Should Fall Behind." The most emotional track is "Let's Make Love," a full-fledged duet with Hill's husband Tim McGraw. Because McGraw's voice is unmistakably country, Hill adopts a similar sound to match him. And because you know they've lived the lyrics, the song--about reconnecting emotionally and physically with your mate--comes across as undeniably real.
Entertainment Weekly (11/19/99, p.144) - "...brings a winning exuberance to her performances....remarkably close to autobiography....it plays like scenes from some fantasy movie..." - Rating: B- Q (5/00, pp.108,110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Accomplished widescreen pop....the title track swoons and there's an honest stab at Springsteen's 'If I Should Fall Behind'..." Country Music People (1/00, pp.23-4) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...a completely over the top melange of wailing vocals....tough and abrasive....the album closes in truly rousing, exhilarating fashion..."
By the end of the 1990s, Faith Hill (n�e Audrey Faith Perry) had become half of the First Couple of Country Music--the nickname given to her and her husband, fellow superstar Tim McGraw. Hill combines Cover Girl good looks (literally--she was a model for the cosmetics company) with a big, powerful voice that mixes influences from pop, gospel, rock, and classic country. In 1999, Hill crossed over to the pop charts with her worldwide smash single "This Kiss." Ever since then, she's been as much a pop diva as a country siren, though her passionate duets with McGraw continue to delight country fans.
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