Amy T. (simplyamy) from DAKOTA DUNES, SD Reviewed on 8/16/2007...
Classic Faith...good CD
Dawn T. from MCCORDSVILLE, IN Reviewed on 10/28/2006...
Lots of great songs on this one!
This Album is Incredible!
arodmcgraw | 12/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
""It Matters to Me" is the perfect reprieve from Faith's pop album "Breathe". Listening to the songs "Someone Else's Dream" (#1) and "Let's Go To Vegas" (#2) reminds me, as well as Faith's other country fans, of that special twang that *was* Faith Hill. One of the best songs on this album is the powerful "A Man's Home Is His Castle" (#5). This song depicts a woman who is abused and unfairly dominated by her husband. The title track, "It Matters to Me" (#3) is a heartfelt song that realistically speaks about communication in a relationship. Also, the spiritual "Keep Walkin' On" (#10) with Shelby Lynne is a great number that ends the record nicely. This album is an incredible work that's bunches of fun- you'll love it!"
Excellent Sophomore Album
J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 08/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's nothing on IT MATTERS TO ME as brash as her country take on the rock classic "Piece Of My Heart." Otherwise, Faith Hill's second album sounds like her first--twangy country with working-class heart, a sassy voice reminiscent of Loretta Lynn, and a sense of social relevance learned from Reba McEntire. Best of all, Hill still cuts across a range of styles, refusing to be tied down to any one of the sub-genres her influences might suggest. "Bed Of Roses" and "You Will Be Mine" are assertive and rocking numbers about, respectively, keeping a lothario at bay and chasing a guy who's too shy to make the first move. On them, Hill's big southern voice is matched by jangling electric guitars that wouldn't be out of place on a Bruce Springsteen album. When it opens, "A Man's Home Is His Castle" could, in fact, be a piano ballad about one of Springsteen's heroic blue-collar losers, but as it swells into a studio pop arrangement, it turns out this particular loser is an abused wife who's about to buy a gun; this is the kind of reality that doesn't impose itself on mainstream country albums too often. "A Room In My Heart," on the other hand, shows an affinity for classic country-pop balladry with its beautifully slow chorus. "Let's Go To Vegas" is a quickie wedding proposal, which--depending on who's making it--could be the kind of mistake that'll get you into a mid-life crisis before you're 25, or the kind of crazy hunch that could snap you right out of one. So far in her bright career, Faith Hill has shown the kind of clearheadedness and surefootedness that if she asked you, you'd be a fool not to take the chance."
J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 06/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Faith Hill's sophmore album is an excellent album, far better than her debut. The album deals with real feelings, real emotions and joys/fears and all of those things. You really get the feeling that Faith is a close friend when you listen to this album. People can relate to these songs, they are from the heart. The title track is one of her best ballads, a song about a woman in a relationship with a man who isnt giving. The first track Someone Else's Dream is a fun country song which should have been a hit, its irresistable to listen to. Lets Go To Vegas is another fun track, addictive and fun. You Cant Lose Me is a mother's ode to her children. Taking on other serious issues are the songs A Man's Home Is His Castle which deals with abuse, and I Can't Do That Anymore (written by fellow country superstar Alan Jackson), about a relationship where a woman is fed up. The album closes nicely with the gospel tinged track Keep On Walkin', Shelby Lynne lends her vocals to this one. Overall It Matters To Me is a completely fun album to listen to, filled with great material and promise."
gemini_j | Canada | 03/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It Matters To Me was released in August 1995. It is a country album that a country fan cannot do without. There are some very memorable songs on this album, and some of Faith's big hits.Someone Else's Dream is a great song that opens the album, also one of the album's singles. Lets Go To Vegas is another fun song about taking a chance on love in Vegas, and getting married, another single as well. The title track It Matters To Me is a beautiful ballad that will always be remembered, which spent a few weeks at #1 on the country charts.The album continues with another fun song called Bed of Roses. The album takes a serious tone on the fifth track called A Mans Home Is His Castle, a song about domestic abuse. The album starts to regain its uptempo mood with the song You Cant Lose Me, which was the fourth single from the album. I Cant Do That Anymore is another power ballad about a woman who compromised everything for her marriage, but becoming fed up with her husbands attitude claiming she cant take anymore. This was the final single from the album, written by Alan Jackson.The album closes with three more tracks, Room in My Heart, a nice ballad, You Will Be Mine, an uptempo song, and Keep Walkin On, a gospel duet with Shelby Lynne.Faith's first album Take Me As I Am got Faith attention, but there was no denying after this album that Faith is a country diva. This is a must have!"
Faith can sing country as well as pop
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 08/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like Faith's later music up to a point, but this is my favorite of hers. I yearn for the day when she makes another album like this - after her hit-making days are over, perhaps?The songs are variously feisty (Bed of roses, You will be mine), just plain fun (Viva Las Vegas) or serious (A man's home is his castle, about domestic violence). There's even a gospel duet (Keep walkin' on) with the great Shelby Lynne.The whole feel of the album is country, albeit with a contemporary edge, very different from Faith's later albums. Some of the sad songs have upbeat backing music, so if you don't listen too closely you may not realise just how sad they really are.This is a brilliant album. Following on from her debut (Take me as I am), another brilliant album, I expected more of the same to follow. It didn't, but her later albums are not as bad as some would have you believe."