Sunday, December 17, 2006

Twostepcub's music chart for December 12, 2006...


Hey folks, happy holidays to everyone celebrating. I of course am way late here, due to getting ready for the holidays. I'll have this weeks by the end of the week, but here's last weeks tunes (I'll be posting links shortly). This week Evanescence returns to the top spot for a third week, while Kenny Chesney (above) stays in the top five for a second. Big moves are made by Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Pink, and songs by Jack Ingram, Luther Vandross, Beyonce, and Nelly Furtado leave the chart. Cheers!

This Week Song/Artist (Last Week's Position In Parentheses)
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1. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (2)
2. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (4)
3. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (1)
4. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (5)
5. Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance (8)
6. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (3)
7. Jump - Madonna (9)
8. Want To - Sugarland (10)
9. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (6)
10. Far Away - Nickelback (7)
11. When You Were Young - The Killers (11)
12. How To Save A Life - The Fray (12)
13. Through Glass - Stone Sour (16)
14. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (14)
15. Here (In My Arms) - Hellogoodbye (15)
16. It Just Comes Natural - George Strait (18)
17. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (13)
18. Hurt - Christina Aguilera (30)
19. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (21)
20. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas (23)
21. My Wish- Rascal Flatts (17)
22. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer (22)
23. Too Little Too Late - JoJo (24)
24. F*cking Boyfriend - The Bird & The Bee (26)
25. Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers (20)
26. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (28)
27. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (19)
28. Love's The Only Drug - Ultra Nate (32)
29. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (31)
30. Maneater - Nelly Furtado (33)
31. She's Everything - Brad Paisley (36)
32. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (29)
33. Lost Yo Mind - Pepper Mashay (43)
34. Sensitivity - Shape:UK (35)
35. Be Still - Kaskade (25)
36. My Love - Justin Timberlake (53)
37. My, Oh My - The Wreckers (45)
38. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (39)
39. Boston - Augustana (37)
40. Let Love In - Goo Goo Dolls (41)
41. U & Ur Hand - Pink (54)
42. Is It Any Wonder - Keane (42)
43. Ring The Alarm - Beyonce (52)
44. The DJ Made Me Do It - Robin (50)
45. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw (49)
46. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls (44)
47. Common Ground - Dave Aude & Tall Paul f/Sisely Treasure (38)
48. Supernature 2006 - Cerrone (40)
49. Gone - Sun (27)
50. Watching You - Rodney Atkins (60)
51. I Believe - Georgie Porgie (62)
52. Love Don't Let Me Go - David Guetta f/The Egg (47)
53. Good As Gone - Little Big Town (57)
54. Into The Ocean - Blue October (56)
55. Crash Here Tonight - Toby Keith (48)
56. What The World Needs Now - Joyce Sims (59)
57. A Good Man - Emerson Drive (58)
58. Is It Love? - iio (34)
59. Mountains - Lonestar (63)
60. So Insane - Smash Mouth (61)
61. My Number One - Helena Paparizou (46)
62. A Little Bit Of Life - Craig Morgan (64)
63. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks (73)
64. You'll Always Be My Baby - Sara Evans (65)
65. Nothing In This World - Paris Hilton (74)
66. It Ends Tonight - All-American Rejects (82)
67. Hard - Africanism (68)
68. Heard The World - O.A.R. (71)
69. The Whistle Song (Revisited) - Frankie Knuckles (83)
70. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (72)
71. Love Like Winter - AFI (94)
72. Move Along - All-American Rejects (67)
73. Mandolin Moon - Sister Hazel (81)
74. The Pot - Tool (87)
75. What A Feeling - DJ Peter Luts & Dominico (55)
76. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (51)
77. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (69)
78. Head Over Heels - Emelee (66)
79. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (80)
80. So Excited - Janet Jackson (DEBUT)
81. Borderline - Jody Watley (DEBUT)
82. Moving Too Fast - Supafly, Inc. (DEBUT)
83. One Wing Into The Fire - Trent Tomlinson (91)
84. Anna-Molly - Incubus (92)
85. High School Never Ends - Bowling For Soup (85)
86. Irreplaceable - Beyonce (95)
87. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (75)
88. Tim McGraw - Taylor Swift (88)
89. Some People Change - Montgomery Gentry (89)
90. Getcha Some - Pleasure Center (90)
91. Starlight - Muse (97)
92. World - Five For Fighting (96)
93. You Gonna Want Me - Tiga (DEBUT)
94. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (70)
95. Dance With You - Lauren Hildebrandt (98)
96. Alyssa Lies - Jason Michael Carroll (100)
97. Love You Lately - Daniel Powter (DEBUT)
98. Window In The Skies - U2 (DEBUT)
99. The Reason Why - Vince Gill (DEBUT)
100. Ladies Love Country Boys - Trace Adkins (DEBUT)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Get (Product) Red.....

I really admire the (Product) Red campaign, which pairs major brands with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Proceeds from stuff you buy goes to this charity, and its one of the great things I like about Bono (he's the chairperson). Here's a video commercial that's just fab for it, and by all means go over to I-Tunes and pick up the album/song by MIKA, "Love Today".

Thursday, December 14, 2006

And so this is Christmas, and what have you done....


Ahh, what's next, the Dido Christmas spectacular? Actually, Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong isn't as much a stretch as you'd might believe. Sarah's voice works perfectly with some of the classic songs on here, like "Silent Night", "In The Bleak Midwinter", and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem". And its refreshing to hear takes on more non-Xmas winter fare from fellow Canadians like Joni Mitchell's "River" and Gordon Lightfoot's "Song For A Winter Night" which she does an excellent job with. Sure, there are really out-of-place points, usually happening when McLachlan tackles a pop-standard Christmas song like "I'll Be Home For Christmas" or "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" which both seem tacked on for popular consumption. Also, the beauty of her vocal performance on "The First Noel" is disjointed somewhat by adding a bit of "Mary Mary" which was done more believably and soulfully by Joan Baez. "What Child Is This" find Sarah transforming the melody into a jarring experience. And the cover of John Lennon's classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" is a little cutesy but does get points for a) being timely at this stage in our history, and b) allowed me to sort out some of the lyrics. Hidden at the end of the album is the ringer, a cover of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here" that you might remember from the Charlie Brown Christmas special. Duetting with Diana Krall, McLachlan does this standard justice.

As a whole, Wintersong comes across only halfway as a career-filler, that dreaded thing reserved for live albums and Christmas sets. However, its definitely a good album to listen to, and wouldn't feel out of place at your swanky little house party.

Grade: C+
Best Cuts:
"Christmas Time Is Here", "Song For A Winter Night"
Weakest Links: "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "What Child Is This"

Wintersong so far has hit #7 Pop Albums and #1 Holiday Albums.
"River" has so far hit #78 pop singles and #14 Adult Contemporary.
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" has so far hit #11 Adult Contemporary and #107 pop.
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" has hit #15 Adult Contemporary.

You can pick up Wintersong at websites like here and here.

You can listen to the song "In the Bleak Mid-Winter" by clicking here to download (Right-Click to bring up another wind0w).

And here's the video for her version of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" I hope the new year brings Lennon's lyrics to fruition. I especially am aghst at the beginning lyric (the title of this item).

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Twostepcub's music chart for December 5, 2006...

Hey guys, it's time for my tunes of the week. As per the drill, you can click on the highlighted name of the artist to bring up their webpage (it's better to rightclick to bring it up in a new window). This week the Scissor Sisters spend a fourth week in the number one spot, while OK Go (above) sees their hit make the top five. Big moves are made by Pepper Mashay, Beyonce, and Georgie Porgie, and former #1 songs by Panic In The Disco, Corinne Bailey Rae, Christina Aguilera, and Gnarls Barkley all leave the chart. And Beyonce now has three songs on here. Cheers!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (1)
2. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (2)
3. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (3)
4. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (7)
5. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (6)
6. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (4)
7. Far Away - Nickelback (5)
8. Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance (12)
9. Jump - Madonna (13)
10. Want To - Sugarland (11)
11. When You Were Young - The Killers (10)
12. How To Save A Life - The Fray (9)
13. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (8)
14. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (14)
15. Here (In My Arms) - Hellogoodbye (16)
16. Through Glass - Stone Sour (20)
17. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (18)
18. It Just Comes Natural - George Strait (24)
19. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (15)
20. Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers (17)
21. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (25)
22. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer (21)
23. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas (28)
24. Too Little Too Late - JoJo (26)
25. Be Still - Kaskade (19)
26. F*cking Boyfriend - The Bird & The Bee (30)
27. Gone - Sun (23)
28. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (29)
29. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (22)
30. Hurt - Christina Aguilera (39)
31. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (33)
32. Love's The Only Drug - Ultra Nate (43)
33. Maneater - Nelly Furtado (45)
34. Is It Love? - iio (27)
35. Sensitivity - Shape:UK (36)
36. She's Everything - Brad Paisley (40)
37. Boston - Augustana (37)
38. Common Ground - Dave Aude & Tall Paul f/Sisely Treasure (32)
39. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (44)
40. Supernature 2006 - Cerrone (41)
41. Let Love In - Goo Goo Dolls (46)
42. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (42)
43. Lost Yo Mind - Pepper Mashay (57)
44. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls (37)
45. My, Oh My - The Wreckers (53)
46. My Number One - Helena Paparizou (35)
47. Love Don't Let Me Go - David Guetta vs. The Egg (48)
48. Crash Here Tonight - Toby Keith (49)
49. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw (50)
50. The DJ Made Me Do It - Robin (52)
51. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (34)
52. Ring The Alarm - Beyonce (75)
53. My Love - Justin Timberlake (64)
54. U & Ur Hand - Pink (58)
55. What A Feeling - DJ Peter Luts & Dominico (56)
56. Into The Ocean - Blue October (60)
57. Good As Gone - Little Big Town (79)
58. A Good Man - Emerson Drive (62)
59. What The World Needs Now - Joyce Sims (66)
60. Watching You - Rodney Atkins (68)
61. So Insane - Smash Mouth (71)
62. I Believe - Georgie Porgie (81)
63. Mountains - Lonestar (65)
64. A Little Bit Of Life - Craig Morgan (74)
65. You'll Always Be My Baby - Sara Evans (73)
66. Head Over Heels - Emelee (67)
67. Move Along - All-American Rejects (59)
68. Hard - Africanism (69)
69. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (54)
70. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (31)
71. Heard The World - O.A.R. (85)
72. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (72)
73. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks (88)
74. Nothing In This World - Paris Hilton (95)
75. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (51)
76. Love You - Jack Ingram (47)
77. I Can't Hate You Anymore - Nick Lachey (55)
78. Shine - Luther Vandross (63)
79. Deja Vu - Beyonce (61)
80. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (80)
81. Mandolin Moon - Sister Hazel (DEBUT)
82. It Ends Tonight - All-American Rejects (DEBUT)
83. The Whistle Song (Revisited) - Frankie Knuckles (DEBUT)
84. Fly Me Away - Goldfrapp (70)
85. High School Never Ends - Bowling For Soup (96)
86. I Loved Her First - Heartland (84)
87. The Pot - Tool (99)
88. Tim McGraw - Taylor Swift (89)
89. Some People Change - Montgomery Gentry (90)
90. Getcha Some - Pleasure Center (91)
91. One Wing In The Fire - Trent Tomlinson (100)
92. Anna-Molly - Incubus (92)
93. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (87)
94. Love Like Winter - AFI (DEBUT)
95. Irreplaceable - Beyonce (DEBUT)
96. World - Five For Fighting (DEBUT)
97. Starlight - Muse (DEBUT)
98. Dance With You - Lauren Hildebrandt (DEBUT)
99. I Don't Know Why - Brand New Heavies (DEBUT)
100. Alyssa Lies - Jason Michael Carroll (DEBUT)

and for a bonus here's the video for AFI's neo-poppy "Love Like Winter"....



And here's a double bonus - the Brand New Heavies' version of the Stevie Wonder classic "I Don't Know Why (I Love You)"

I'm addicted to the Youtube....

I know I'm slow for all of this, but this is hysterical...

So THATS who the father is...

Now that I am working a morning schedule, I miss Colbert most nights. However this clip on Mary Cheney takes the cake.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Product placement of the year....

Ok, cub that I am, this would make me go right out and buy this. Kudos to Norelco.

The plot gets old, do you know what I mean?....

I had just seen Little Big Town on CMT this week with Lindsey Buckingham on the show Crossroads, where country artists pair up with rock artists to perform each others' songs. This show is great, and this pairing was no exception. The group is a cleaned up version of Fleetwood Mac for sure, and The Road To Here brings out the harmonies of Mac's "The Chain" to a whole albums' worth. Little Big Town's first self-titled album came out in 2002, with minor success (one top-40 country hit in "Don't Waste My Time"). Waiting three years to release The Road From Here is really worth the wait. With the help of better songwriting (courtesy of help from "Wrapped Up In You" and "Change The World"'s writer Wayne Kirkpatrick) and class-A vocal performances, this album snuck up to be one of the best country albums of this year.

Kicking off with the kiss-off wall of harmony on "Good As Gone", the groups' secret weapon of four equality good lead singers trade off quite nicely. "Boondocks", while bordering on hokey with its almost-too-defensive tack on being hick-like, wins me over with its performance and simplicity. After that comes the rewrite of Mac's "The Chain" in "Bones" which actually is the best song on the album, with its backwoods acoustic guitar accompaning the tightest harmonies I've heard since the Eagles. The standard-love-song single "Bring It On Home", the biggest hit from the album, would find just as good a place on lite-pop radio as on country, and actually not in a bad way. The pace picks up a little with "Wounded", a good counterpart to "Good As Gone" in the broken-hearts category. More pop-country goodness comes with songs like "A Little More You", the Eagles re-dux "Mean Streak", and the quieter "Live With Lonesome". "Lost" would've been a great closer, with the powerful performance and the epic theme of mourning, made more poignant with the loss of band member Kimberly Roads' husband before the recording of the album. It would have grandly closed the album, but there are three more not-so-bad but not-so-classic songs at the end, including the hillbilly novelty "Welcome To The Family", the unexceptional "Fine With Me" and the serene "Stay".

Not once on this album does the harmony and vocal interplay between the two men and two women of Little Big Town stop. That by itself makes it an interesting album. Paired with stronger songs helped along by Kirkpatrick, The Road To Here is a real winner for those looking for a little "countrier" version of pop-country.

Grade: A-
Best Cuts:
"Good As Gone", "Boondocks", "Bones", "Bring It On Home", "Wounded", "A Little More You", "Live With Lonesome", "Mean Streak", "Lost"

The Road To Here hit #12 on the country and #51 on the pop albums chart.
"Boondocks" hit #9 country and #46 pop singles chart.
"Bring It On Home" made #4 country and #58 pop.
"Good As Gone" so far made #27 country.

To buy The Road From Here you can go to sites like here and here.

To listen to the song "Bones" you can download by clicking here (rightclick to bring up in another window).

And here's the video for the single "Good As Gone".

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Twostepcub's music chart for 11-28-06


Hey boys and girls, it's time for my tunes of the week. (sorry for being a little late in posting, it's been a busy week at work). As always, you can click on the highlighted name of the artist to bring up their webpage (it's better to right-click and then bring up in a new window or tab). This week the Scissor Sisters remain on top for a third week, with Carrie Underwood (above) hitting the top three with the fifth single from her debut album. Leaving the chart are songs by Five For Fighting, Janet Jackson, and George Strait, while big moves are made by Ultra Nate, Nelly Furtado, and The Wreckers. Be well!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (1)
2. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (2)
3. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (4)
4. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (3)
5. Far Away - Nickelback (6)
6. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (8)
7. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (11)
8. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (9)
9. How To Save A Life - The Fray (5)
10. When You Were Young - The Killers (7)
11. Want To - Sugarland (13)
12. Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance (14)
13. Jump - Madonna (15)
14. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (10)
15. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (12)
16. Here (In My Arms) - Hellogoodbye (24)
17. Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers (17)
18. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (19)
19. Be Still - Kaskade (20)
20. Through Glass - Stone Sour (22)
21. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer (16)
22. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (21)
23. Gone - Sun (25)
24. It Just Comes Natural - George Strait (31)
25. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (28)
26. Too Little Too Late - JoJo (30)
27. Is It Love? - iio (23)
28. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas (34)
29. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (33)
30. F*cking Boyfriend - The Bird & The Bee (40)
31. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (18)
32. Common Ground - Dave Aude & Tall Paul f/Sisely Treasure (32)
33. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (36)
34. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (26)
35. My Number One - Helena Paparizou (35)
36. Sensitivity - Shape:UK (38)
37. Boston - Augustana (27)
38. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls (29)
39. Hurt - Christina Aguilera (49)
40. She's Everything - Brad Paisley (42)
41. Supernature 2006 - Cerrone (43)
42. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (37)
43. Love's The Only Drug - Ultra Nate (60)
44. SexyBack - Justin Timberlake (46)
45. Maneater - Nelly Furtado (57)
46. Let Love In - Goo Goo Dolls (54)
47. Love You - James Ingram (45)
48. Love Don't Let Me Go - David Guetta vs. The Egg (51)
49. Crash Here Tonight - Toby Keith (50)
50. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw (55)
51. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (39)
52. The DJ Made Me Do It - Robin (83)
53. My, Oh My - The Wreckers (74)
54. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (44)
55. I Can't Hate You Anymore - Nick Lachey (56)
56. What A Feeling - DJ Peter Luts & Dominico (58)
57. Lost Yo Mind - Pepper Mashay (85)
58. U & Ur Hand - Pink (59)
59. Move Along - All-American Rejects (41)
60. Into The Ocean - Blue October (64)
61. Deja Vu - Beyonce (47)
62. A Good Man - Emerson Drive (75)
63. Shine - Luther Vandross (52)
64. My Love - Justin Timberlake (89)
65. Mountains - Lonestar (69)
66. What The World Needs Now - Joyce Sims (84)
67. Head Over Heels - Emelee (68)
68. Watching You - Rodney Atkins (92)
69. Hard - Africanism (70)
70. Fly Me Away - Goldfrapp (62)
71. So Insane - Smash Mouth (100)
72. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (73)
73. You'll Always Be My Baby - Sara Evans (81)
74. A Little Bit Of Life - Craig Morgan (96)
75. Ring The Alarm - Beyonce (DEBUT)
76. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (48)
77. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (53)
78. Chelsea - Stefy (63)
79. Good As Gone - Little Big Town (DEBUT)
80. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (80)
81. I Believe - Georgie Porgie (DEBUT)
82. It's Too Late - Dirty South vs. Evermore (66)
83. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (72)
84. I Loved Her First - Heartland (82)
85. Heard The World - O.A.R. (86)
86. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (65)
87. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (78)
88. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks (98)
89. Tim McGraw - Taylor Swift (91)
90. Some People Change - Montgomery Gentry (90)
91. Getcha Some - Pleasure Center (99)
92. Anna-Molly - Incubus (94)
93. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (71)
94. Satellites - September (95)
95. Nothing In This World - Paris Hilton (DEBUT)
96. High School Never Ends - Bowling For Soup (DEBUT)
97. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (61)
98. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (67)
99. The Pot - Tool (DEBUT)
100. One Wing In The Fire - Trent Tomlinson (DEBUT)

And for the bears out there, here's the video for Bowling for Soup's "High School Never Ends"...

You say your every day is a bad dream that keep repeating...

Karma's a bitch, isn't it?

You know, I just couldn't write a more delicious piece of turnaround if I tried. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, here's the short of it. Sara Evans is a country singer, a really good country singer, that I had such the swoon for. However she fell into the "soccer mom" Republican Stepford Wife syndrome Martina McBride apparently succumbed to after her lobotomy (jk). Performing in all her wholesome white-girl glory at the 2004 Republican National Convention, she's one step farther and married a right-wing hack by the name of Craig Schelske, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Oregon. Here's their "warm and fuzzy" photo with the preznit.
And here's the total Stepford wife collection (the caption reads "There's nothing more beautiful than a Republican woman!")Looks like a big night out at the drag queen show. (And Reba, cut a little back on the face peel between lifts...) Schelske ran on the morals and guntoting ticket, and apparently schlepped Sara to wherever he needed to campaign. And still lost. In 2002 even.

Well, funny thing. Turns out they weren't the lovely god-fearing couple after all. Amidst Sara appearing on Dancing With The Stars, it suddenly came out that she was quitting the show while divorcing Schelske. And not just the run-of-the-mill we just can't work it out divorce. I'm talking the "he's exposed the kids to porn" and "taking anal sex pictures with different women on the computer" kind of divorce. He fired back that she was having an affair on him and having a nervous breakdown. Meanwhile he's accused of advertising on Craiglist (no pun intended) for women and threeways. Hmmmm, this from a man who reportedly refused to let Evans' costumer from Dancing With The Stars come in their house becuase he was a "sodomite". Well touche', Craig, I guess I'll save a seat for you in hell, then.

Well, some people may feel the pity on Sara, as the attacked and scorned woman. Me, notsomuch. In the immortal words of Ricky Ricardo, "Lucy, you've got some 'splainin' to do". Just goes to show that the more people proselytize, the more these holy-rollers are hiding in their respective closets.

And thus end my rant.

By the way, A Real Fine Place is a fantastic album.

As opposed to Martina McBride, who's now stuck in the feel-good swamp of SUV country, Evans actually is still using her talent. And it must be good to overcome the built-in prejudice I had going in (see above rant for that). But A Real Fine Place continues the A-team pattern established with her previous albums Restless and Born To Fly. The best songs are frontloaded, though, with classic tracks like the bouncy title love song, and the epic "New Hometown". The album begins with the fun and sexy swing of "Coalmine", and the poppy production of "Supernatural" would have been a good choice for a radio single. Though sad to say (well, for her) the highlight of this album is the sassy single "Cheatin'", where Sara reconnects to see how bad her unfaithful ex is doing. (Hmmm... were you planning on singin' that anytime soon, now?). "You'll Always Be My Baby" surprisingly teaches the value of forgiveness (hmm, you think then you wouldn't be preaching about others' differences?). The rest of the album isn't so much memorable, but well done and very listenable. I got the special edition with four extra songs, with one good one ("Caged"), two toss-offs, and one not-bad but not-so-necessary live version of an older hit ("Suds In The Bucket").

Well, If you ignore the gossip and take the album on its own merits, A Real Fine Place is a real winner, not as great as Born To Fly or Restless, but a great addition to a good country album collection.

And Martina, I'm not through with your sorry self. I'll be reviewin' you very soon. And you'd better check your hubby's e-mail, he does have a purty mouth.

Grade: B+
Best Cuts:
"Cheatin'", "A Real Fine Place To Start", "Coalmine", "New Hometown"
Weakest Links: "Best Days Are Coming", "You" (both on special edition).

A Real Fine Place hit #3 pop albums and #1 country albums.
"A Real Fine Place To Start" hit #1 country, and #38 pop.
"Cheatin'" made #9 country and #69 pop.
"Coalmine" made #37 country.
"You'll Always Be My Baby" so far made #27 country.
"Missing Missouri" so far hit #56 country.

You can pick up A Real Fine Place at websites like here and here.

To listen to the song "New Hometown", you can download by clicking here (right click to bring up a new window)

And here's an older video of Sara's, I love it to pieces, it's one of her best songs, "Saints And Angels".



And here's the video from this album's "You'll Always Be My Baby".