Martina McBride’s new album is ‘Reckless.’ It’s the 14th studio album from the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year who rose to fame in the 1990s and draws upon the kind of country pop that made her a star. Now the critics are weighing in and you can see a roundup of reviews right here.
The now 49-year-old Martina McBride got her start as a country music traditionalist with her 1992 debut album ‘The Time Has Come,’ and went on to become one country music’s biggest stars in the 1990s and early 2000s with one radio friendly crossover hit after another from ‘My Baby Loves Me’ to ‘Safe in the Arms of Love’ and many more.
With her 2014 album, ‘Everlasting,’ she traversed another music genre, R&B recording a variety of classic covers including the title track. Her most recent country music album, was ‘Eleven,’ which was released in 2011. The new album, ‘Reckless’ is her first on her new record label, Nash Icon, and it was produced by Dann Huff.
She told USA Today about her intentions with the new album, saying, “Specifically, my vision for this record was to have it be very roots-oriented. I was thinking about those old Creedence Clearwater and Van Morrison records, which were so intimate and organic. That’s where this one comes from.”
She was also candid about her struggles as a female country artist, saying, “It’s always been a challenge for women to get on country radio. And I had a hard time finding songs for this record because there just isn’t a well full of songs for female artists.”
That is the reality, and as an artist grows older, the challenge become steeper. Some of her contemporaries have for all intents been edged out by these ridiculous sexist and ageist standards of country music.
As the new album arrives and once again Martina McBride is ensconced in country music traditions, the critics are weighing in. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.
“…..Overall, Martina McBride’s latest album Reckless is flawless from start to finish. All 10 tracks on here are well-crafted, and they all have the potential to become radio singles. It earns 5 out of 5 stars. ….” –Digital Journal
“….The set’s title track – and first single – shimmers with a crossover sheen that has always been straight out of McBride’s wheelhouse. She keeps that upbeat sound going on material such as “Everybody Wants To Be Loved” and “That’s The Thing About Love.” The latter seems custom made for radio airplay, as does the engaging “Diamond,” which features a cameo appearance from fellow superstar Keith Urban…..” –Sounds Like Nashville
Her return to country music, clearly, is being welcomed by critics. We’ll soon see if the fans follow suit. Meanwhile, you can see music videos, plus Martina McBride’s ‘Reckless’ album cover art below!