After establishing herself as "the Linda Ronstadt of the '90s," Trisha Yearwood seems to be suffering from the sort of hackneyed production that undermined Ronstadt's career. Despite her impeccable vocal control, she barel... more »y finds room to breathe amid coproducer Mark Wright's cheesy bombast on the album-opening "Love Alone." The following cut and first single, "I Would've Loved You Anyway," sounds like a Celine Dion ballad that got lost on the way to a movie soundtrack. Fortunately, Yearwood loosens up with the playful bite of Matraca Berg's "For a While" providing material worth sinking her teeth into, while vocal support from Vince Gill ("I Don't Paint Myself into Corners") and Buddy Miller ("Love Let Go") complements her subtle soulfulness. A sing-along with Rosanne Cash on a remake of the latter's "Seven Year Ache" adds little to the classic original, but neither does it subtract appreciably. The title track features Don Henley on a frisky duet that reprises his and Yearwood's "Walkaway Joe" pairing. --Don McLeese« less
After establishing herself as "the Linda Ronstadt of the '90s," Trisha Yearwood seems to be suffering from the sort of hackneyed production that undermined Ronstadt's career. Despite her impeccable vocal control, she barely finds room to breathe amid coproducer Mark Wright's cheesy bombast on the album-opening "Love Alone." The following cut and first single, "I Would've Loved You Anyway," sounds like a Celine Dion ballad that got lost on the way to a movie soundtrack. Fortunately, Yearwood loosens up with the playful bite of Matraca Berg's "For a While" providing material worth sinking her teeth into, while vocal support from Vince Gill ("I Don't Paint Myself into Corners") and Buddy Miller ("Love Let Go") complements her subtle soulfulness. A sing-along with Rosanne Cash on a remake of the latter's "Seven Year Ache" adds little to the classic original, but neither does it subtract appreciably. The title track features Don Henley on a frisky duet that reprises his and Yearwood's "Walkaway Joe" pairing. --Don McLeese
Dawn T. from MCCORDSVILLE, IN Reviewed on 2/24/2007...
Good CD...not the best though
K. Roth | Columbiaville, MI United States | 03/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge fan of her music. I have every CD she has ever released since she started back in the late '80's. This CD, in my opinion, is "ok". "I Would've Loved You Anyway" is traditional Trisha Yearwood...wide range of tones, love song with a yearning harmony. "Inside Out" is with Don Henly and an upbeat song. "I Don't Paint Myself into Corners Anymore" is my personal favorite that is a slower song of love lost and the regain of one's own self. Other than these particular songs, I don't wish to put the CD in the player. I cannot help but still wait for her to release solid country that she is capable of like on her very first album. She is heading toward adult contemporary/pop...which is ok...but unfortunately, that leaves country music behind. If you are more of a country/contemporary fan than you will surely like this album. There is no steel guitar, banjo, fiddle or country feeling to any of the songs on the album."
TRISHA THRILLS AGAIN!
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 06/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have all of Trisha's CD's, and this her tenth, is undoubtedly the best! What a voice, and what a wonderful ability Trisha has to wrap that angelic voice around her lyrics, making you feel the joy, the hurt, the love. Wow, what a sensational collection. Aside from the remake of "Seven Year Ache," there's not a song on here that isn't overwhelming. (And even "Ache" is by no means bad---just mundane.)Trisha has truly transcended the "country" genre, but she has always proven herself versatile: (did you ever hear her "I Have a Love" from the "West Side Story" compilation a few years back?--it's chilling!!!). I feel the production, instrumentation and background vocals are impeccable and provide the CD with a smooth flow, and excitement.It's hard to pick favorites on a collection like this, but surely "Harmless Heart," "Melancholy Blue," and "When We Were Still in Love" are some of the most heartfelt ballads of her career. And what's this unnecessary comparison of "I Would've Loved You Anyway" with Celine Dion songs? What's wrong with power ballads, especially when executed with such style and class? Don't compare Celine and Trisha---they're equally good, worlds apart, but I'd prefer these kind of love songs to the tripe we have to put up with in the pop world!!! Back to the real issue though."Love Alone," "For A While" "Love Let Go" and "Love Me or Leave Me Alone"---awesome performances, and so different from what you've expected from Trisha. They're not country, but let's face it, at heart Trisha Yearwood is a singer, not a country singer, not a pop singer, just one of the industry's most outstanding vocalists.She started out getting compared to Linda Ronstadt, and although there are some vocal similarities, Trisha manages to stand on her own, and come out shining!If you love Trisha, this is definitely a CD you must own! If you think you don't like her (and who could possibly not?), give this one a try---it's great!"
Sad and Beautiful!
Carlos Weigle | Toronto, Ontario Canada | 01/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tired of the Faiths and the Shanias? Welcome to Trisha's world! She is, hands down, the best country singer around these days. Not as promoted as others, but so much better...her voice is deep and sad and so beautiful! She puts so much emotion into everything - without ever sounding over the top - that she should be revered not only by country music lovers but by music lovers everywhere. If you're thinking of buying your first Trisha CD, go for the Songbook, a very good compilation. Otherwise, try Inside Out, a great blend of romantic (my favorite ones) and more upbeat songs, that will leave you dreaming. She takes her time in preparing a new release, but the next one is supposed to be great, since her longtime friend, country music legend Garth Brooks, is writing the songs with her. I can't wait!"
Carlos Weigle | 01/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After buying "Real Live Woman" on a whim after the 2000 Grammys, I became a total Trisha Yearwood fan, completely immersed in her incredible talent and great songs. So when "Inside Out" was released, I went and purchased it right away to see what Trisha came up with to follow such an amazing album. She didn't disappoint me.This album, for me, is not up to par with "Real Live Woman," but I think that's an unfair standard for any artist. "Inside Out" is a pretty impressive effort by its own right, and Trisha provides some pretty thrilling vocal moments. "Love Alone" and "I Don't Paint Myself Into Corners" prove Trisha can belt with the best of the industry. "Corners" is one of my favorite Yearwood tracks, ranking up there with "Down on My Knees," "You Can Sleep While I Drive," and "Hearts in Armor." It's so powerfully written and so beautifully performed. "Melancholy Blue" was another favorite and vintage Trisha. She really knows how to tug at someone's heartstrings!The title cut was surprisingly energetic and while I expected Don Henley to take a more active role in the vocals, I still think this pairing is pretty dynamite. "Love Let Go" grew on me after many spins and "Love Me Or Leave Me Alone" is incredibly catchy. "For Awhile" had such a wonderful sense of humor; she really shines when she's allowed to get intimate with her listeners. "Inside Out" is far and away superior to Faith Hill's recent effort "Cry" and Shania Twain's "Up!" especially the latter. It won't enjoy the same commercial success, but I, for one, am glad Trisha doesn't care either."
Can't help liking her... 3.5 stars
Sandy | Brussels, Belgium | 09/19/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Two months ago I did not know anything about Trisha Yeaarwood. I had never bought a country album in my life. I was intrigued by "Thinkin' of you" in a low price section of my local record store. I brought it home and fell in love with her voice. It seems she did not need much to make me a fan, as I find all sorts of reasons to like this album I spite of an undermining production. If it does not say much about "Inside Out", it says a lot about Trisha as a singer.
This is her most pop oriented album, which is fine with me as I am no country expert anyway. Would she try her own "Come On Over" here? The result is average (3 stars is a good rating from me and I give it 3.5 stars).So what is wrong, or at least not too good (from my point of view)? I am found of Trisha's ballads. On this album as usual her voice is soothing and sweet. Unfortunately I have to grimace often to the "super violins production" I was thinking to be reserved to Céline Dion alikes. It is the case on "I would have loved you anyway" or "When we still in love". "Harmless heart" is another of those typical piano pieces building up with violins and some guitars. I would find it horrendous in anyone else mouth, but Trisha has enough class to save it all."Melancholy blue" is the perfect title for the next ballad, a nice melancholic piano piece about wondering how to live when you lost the love you had built your life on. If they had cut down the violins (yes I know, what do I have against the poor instruments in the end) I would have said it was perfect.It seems "Second chance" was written in response to the previous one, the heads and tails of a coin. It is a more optimistic song as the title indicates. I prefer it to the previous because of the relative discretion of the violins and the blues backing vocalists in the chorus making it special.The opening track "Love alone" is energetic and get me going, I am only annoyed the production drowns the voice in sometimes, depriving her of the space she needs.Is it the wah wah guitar? I just like the beat and rhythm of "Love me or leave me alone", with a preference for the verses over the chorus.After making the list of what is average, time to check what makes the album worth buying without any reserve."For a while" is a great Trisha standard, a mid tempo song I cannot help whistling along.We follow with an almost folk piece, "Seven year ache". I never heard the original but this version is awesome.Track 5 is another favorite of mine: an adult, sensitive ballad, a powerful and beautiful interpretation by a woman who made some clean up in her life and gained some wisdom and resignation as well. "I don't paint myself into corners" will become one of her classics.The title track "Inside Out" is a great pop song by Don Henley, and another stand out of the album.I love the way "Love let go" orchestration creates a feeling of expectation in the verses. It makes me feel like watching a growing storm from far away.At the time to make my counts, I realize there are 5 songs I just love, 4 more I like with some reservations, and only two I will regularly skip. It is enough to keep me satisfied until her next release, hopefully with a better production team."