New Sounds, Same Sentiments in Sara Evans Single
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 17:09
Country singer Sara Evans has given her audience a list of hits over the years. With a big voice in her bright ballads, it is easy to see why songs like “No Place That Far,” “A Real Fine Place to Start” and “Suds in the Bucket” have all clinched the top spot.
Evans returned to the music scene three years ago with “A Little Bit Stronger,” the first single off her first all-new album in six years. Its reach to No. 1 marked a comeback in Evans’ career, one that was briefly marred by a messy divorce but has since made a remarkable turnaround.
Other contemporaries of Evans are no different. Shania Twain did the same in 2011 with “Today is Your Day,” her first single in six years, coming a year after her divorce from her producer and husband, Mutt Lange. Dixie Chicks members Emily Robison and Martie Maguire struck out on their own in 2009 with material Robison penned following her divorce as well.
Now, two and a half years after the release of her comeback album “Stronger,” Evans is returning to radio once more. Her single “Slow Me Down” from an as-of-yet unnamed album was released this past week, and, like most of the singles that came before it, sticks to a formula Evans has made her own.
Most Sara Evans songs concern one of three things—one, a story song; two, being enormously happy in love or; three, completely the opposite.
“Slow Me Down” is of a distraught sentiment, the same mold as “A Little Bit Stronger,” but not the same situation. If anything, “Slow Me Down” seems like a precedent to Evans’ comeback hit.
Evans’ sentiments in “Slow Me Down” harken back to other songs of romantic indifference, such as Martina McBride’s “Whatever You Say” and Faith Hill’s “It Matters to Me.” Its chorus is similarly crafted: “If all that’s left to do is walk away/then baby I’m as gone as yesterday/but if there’s something you still need to say/you need to say it now/Hurry up and slow me down.”
Though this song is very similar to past Evans songs, its sounds are something new. Evans explores an almost Celine Dion-type feeling in the opening riff and verses with the plucking of various stringed instruments and an overall misty quality of the non-chorus parts of “Slow Me Down.”
She does, however, remain true to past singles by including a few blazing electric guitars, most notably on the chorus. That and her power-packed vocals make “Slow Me Down” distinctly her own.
As the leadoff from her unnamed album due out in February 2014, Evans’ newest song is important for gathering fans’ interest and making it known that she is back in business. “Slow Me Down” has the guns to be a radio hit, but though there is nothing very singular about it, its remarkability may just be in the fact that it marks another moment in Evans’ comeback era.