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CD Review: Sara Evans – Slow Me Down

Sara Evans – Slow Me Down
The album contains 11 country music tracks:
Slow Me Down, Not Over You, Put My Heart Down, Can’t Stop Loving You, You Never Know, If I Run, Sweet Spot, Good Love Is Hard To Find, Better Off, Gotta Have You, Revival

“Slow Me Down” is Sara Evans’ seventh studio album.  Her signature sound is country seasoned with pop and ballad plus spiced with a powerful voice and an energetic attitude.  I see her at her virtuosic moments, navigating the conversational twists and turns of the album.  Listening to the intro of “Slow Me Down” led me into thinking about a movie and it sets me in a reflective mood.  The sound is lifted with a faster rhythm with a tight crossover to a rad beat that highlights the peak of the song.  The common question to ask if you’re struggling in a relationship is how to stop your partner from leaving.  The track “Slow Me Down” is sharing the story of a couple in the brink of breaking up.  It is hard, but sometimes it has to end and sometimes it’s for the best. 

“Put My Heart Down” is a party music with a dash of danger, celebrating freedom fearlessly and with full authority that echoes… “Put my heart down, put my heart down.  Put my heart down, put my heart down and walk away.  This kind of love is dangerous.”  It delivers a message of the trials and tribulations of love.  If you’re in a similar situation this track could be your way of de-stressing yourself.  The beautiful, fluid rhythms are from a multitude of times and phases that fits wonderfully.  It’s a sad story, but the beat can make you sing and dance towards victory. 

“Can’t Stop Loving You” features DeGraw on harmony vocals.  The beauty of the singing voices moved me and the melody drifts up and down beautifully and lingers on certain evocative details when both singers sing, “'Cause I can't stop.  No, I can't stop.  No, I can't stop loving you”
Sometimes in life we encounter unexpected challenges, unpredictable relationships.  It can be overwhelming, it can be painful.  The heart has an important role in determining how we handle different situations.  Restoration is needed when the heart has grown cold.   The last track “Revival” tells about the many things that compete for our hearts, but the restoration comes in the chorus that goes, “Every time I think I'm lost, that this world's nothing but luck
God always sends someone down, just to stir things up, Hallelujah, a little revival. Amen to love.  Deep in my soul, a little revival.  Amen to love”  This is definitely the highlight of the album as it shows an ultimate example of what it means to show love to God and to the people around us.  This is the new texture of a new sound and creative heavenly message that takes us to divine highlights.  So, I am all in, I’m giving my heart to our Maker, take part of the sounds of revival and enjoy the divine adventures full of joy!
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International

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