2009 album from the Country singer/songwriter. With more than four million albums sold to date and nearly a dozen #1 and Top 10 hits to her credit, Terri Clark has emerged as a singular voice on the Country music landscape... more » - she's driven, passionate, spirited and every bit her own woman. On The Long Way Home, Clark assumes true ownership of her music, making an album to her own truth. The result is a record that captures the tides of adult lives, great passions, and the struggles that mark her journey. It may be The Long Way Home, but songs like 'Gypsy Boots' and 'A Million Ways To Run,' prove that it was absolutely worth the journey for Clark.« less
2009 album from the Country singer/songwriter. With more than four million albums sold to date and nearly a dozen #1 and Top 10 hits to her credit, Terri Clark has emerged as a singular voice on the Country music landscape - she's driven, passionate, spirited and every bit her own woman. On The Long Way Home, Clark assumes true ownership of her music, making an album to her own truth. The result is a record that captures the tides of adult lives, great passions, and the struggles that mark her journey. It may be The Long Way Home, but songs like 'Gypsy Boots' and 'A Million Ways To Run,' prove that it was absolutely worth the journey for Clark.
"Prime Cuts: The One You Love, You Tell Me, A Million Ways to Run
Despite her earlier successes with hits like "If I Were You," "When Boy Meets Girl," and "You're Easy on the Eye," Clark's musical muse seem to have kept a distance with her later singles starting from her "Fearless" CD back in 2000. 4 years since her last CD, Clark's back on home tuff with her aptly titled new disc "Long Way Home." Instead of chasing manufactured trails from Music Row, Clark has returned home to Canada to record these 11 tracks. She has also returned to the people who brought her to the dance in collaborating with the song writing team that formerly gave her biggies such as Leslie Satcher, Gary Burr, and Tom Shapiro. Nevertheless, she has not lost an iota of her competitive spirit evident in her enlistment of country music scribal movers and shakers such as Bobby Pinson, Karyn Rochelle and Jim Collins. Relatively to her last few albums, the songs on "Long Way Home" have a more intimate down home organic focus. Perhaps inspired by her mother's recent battle with cancer, Clark's performance is more engaging, real and personal.
The most appealing part of this new CD is Clark's respect for tradition. Though "The One You Love" first surfaced on Clark's "Pain to Kill," this time around Clark resurrects it as a stone cold country ballad deeply entrenched in mournful steel and fiddles and Vince Gill's plaintive harmony vocals. The album's most honest moments come with the devastating "A Million Ways to Run" where Clark tells of an encounter at a church with a lady who has become suicidal. However, instead of running, she has decided to take the hard road of facing up with her demons. Lyrically developing upon similar lines is "You Tell Me," this time finding Clark giving advice to a couple to stick it up in a troubled relationship. Canadian new artist Johnny Reid's rugged rock tenor acts as the perfect backdrop to Clark's soaring Southern alto. Karyn Rochelle who wrote Kellie Pickler's "Red High Heels" and Trisha Yearwood's "Georgia Rain" gets to co-write with Clark on the moving "If I Could Be You"--a poetically crafted ode to friendship that showcases a gentler side of Clark calling to mind her big hit "If I Were You."
Yet not all is slow in tempo: lead single "Gypsy Boots" is a hard core honky tonk tunes with flushes of 70s rock. Unfortunately "Gypsy Boots" is plagued with far too many name dropping and clichés such as "well my momma was a hippie and my daddy was a rollin' stone." With the greatest potential to crack country radio again for Clark is the Clark/Mia Sharp composition "What Happens in Vegas" that wows with some breathtaking guitar riffs over a kicking melody. "Poor Girl's Dream" is a so-so swampy bluesy rocker that trumps in its details with regards to the protagonist struggling to find a better life. Much better is the sensuous "If You Want Fire" with its soft rock 80s sultry vibe.
On the whole Clark is back to great form. Her attention paid to details when she crafts a narrative song is movingly real. Vocally, Cark has never sounded more engaging. Save for a few songs that tether towards the average, this is one of Clark's best CDs to date. Her long way home is indeed rewarding and picturesque. "
Out from under the hat!
Wayne Cook | Texas | 10/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This woman has had a remarkable attitude toward life and music, ending up making her own path, statements and sound. What I think most women would like, but had to settle for less. Paths like she follows are hard to walk, being on the road for months and delivering night after night, the voice and stage presence that define Terri Clark to her audience.
She has always reminded me of a thematic rebel and a proud lady. So it is refreshing to see her out from under the hat. Somehow, I really can't picture her doing anything else. Sing on, girl! We're listening!"
Tough Broad Terri Is Back
blueberryhill | USA | 10/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Terri Clark, the tough broad of country music, is back with a all new CD on a new label and it is about time. In recent times if you are not a young blonde female, you have been overlooked in country music, and Terri sadly has been overlooked in recent times. This probably won't change with this CD release, but Terri makes a great attempt here. The CD opens with the rowdy "Gypsy Boots" and it shows that Terri has taken control and no one is going to get in her way. My favorite selection on this CD comes next, "If You Want Fire", this is the type of song Terri would have had a top ten hit with when she was younger. The song is catchy and excellently performed. Also outstanding is the duet with Johnny Reid, "You Tell Me"...true country class. It is nice to have Terri back and one can only hope that her next release will come much sooner."
The Long Way Home
L. S. Lemon | Coldwater, MI USA | 11/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This one sounds like the Terri Clark that I first started listening to and collecting several years ago when she released her first US cd I love her misic and style. It had been too long since her last release"