Slow Me Down by Sara Evans

If the sequence of an album is like a map, determining the musical journey the listener is about to take, then Sara Evans and her team have laid out quite an interesting voyage on her long-awaited new album, Slow Me Down.

The country chanteuse has previously dabbled in pop-country—to the chagrin of the fans who love her more traditional releases—but on this album, she has found what works best for her on the contemporary side and front-loads the project with those songs. 

Her current single, “Slow Me Down,” is proof of that, with strings, a big arrangement and slicker production. Likewise, her duet with Isaac Slade from alternative-pop band The Fray is as much adult contemporary as country, but the combination of their voices creates a great texture and energy.

Less slick but oh so enjoyable is “Not Over You”—a collaboration with singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw that tiptoes back and forth from country to contemporary.

Rest assured, however, that Sara hasn’t severed her country roots. She couldn’t.

On the back end, the songs are decidedly more traditional with arrangements that feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle and the Keeper of the Traditional Flame, Vince Gill. Together, he and Sara hoist the flag for twang on the solid country track “Better Off.”

And if you’re looking for quintessential Sara, try “Sweet Spot.” We dare you not to tap your toe.

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