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Three Chords & The Truth

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002X15
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is unlike Sara's subsequent albums, which have enabled her to achieve great success as a contemporary country singer. Produced by Pete Anderson (famous as Dwight Yoakam's producer), this is one of the finest traditional country albums to appear on a major label in recent years. The Bakersfield influence is reinforced by the inclusion of I've got a tiger by the tail (one of the best covers of a Buck Owens song I've heard) and another up-tempo song, If you ever want my lovin', that sounds like it could be a Buck Owens song but is actually an original, one of seven songs here that Sara co-wrote.
Among the other songs are two other covers of country oldies from the sixties - Imagine that (Patsy Cline) and Walk out backwards (Bill Anderson). They are excellent, but what really makes this album are the brilliant original songs, Sara's great voice and Pete's tasteful production. Sara proves to be equally capable of the slow songs (including the poignant title track) and the rousing up-tempo numbers.
I enjoy Sara's subsequent albums but this seems likely to remain my favorite. If you enjoy traditional country music, especially if you like Dwight Yoakam, you'll love this. If you became a Sara fan because of her more recent albums (especially Born to fly) and you're not sure about this, you ought to hear some samples before buying this.
Note that the USA and European versions of this album have different packaging but the music is identical.
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By A Customer on September 10, 1998
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Sara Evans' debut CD, Three Chords And The Truth, is truly fantastic. She has a wonderful, powerful voice, which can go from belting out the gospel-flavored "The Week The River Raged", to the hushed, breathy verses of "I Don't Want To See The Light". Evans sticks mainly with traditional-sounding songs on this one, but it's easy to hear some modern influences. For instance, the piping organ background on "Shame About That" would be just as much at home in a song by one of today's ska bands. Overall, the title track, "Three Chords and the Truth" and "I Don't Want To See The Light" are my picks for the strongest songs on this album. How can you go wrong with a line like, "Found a pay phone at a truck stop / Said a prayer as the quarter dropped / Oh, please be home, I know that I was wrong..."? I'd say that fans of Patty Loveless will probably appreciate this album, I hear definite parallels, musically and vocally, between the two. Ms. Evans also gets a couple of extra points in my book for having a hand in writing a lot of her own music... 7 out of the 11 songs on the album have her name listed as one of the song's writers. As someone who grew up listening to bands like Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, and AC/DC... I can't really be called the world's biggest country music fan. I like some country music, I can't stand some... but this album has a place of honor on my CD rack. It's definitely a keeper.
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This is Sara Evans' debut CD and it is by far the best of the three she has released so far. Her powerful vocals are at the forefront with a (relatively) simple arrangement for most of the songs. Sara wrote or co-wrote 7 of the 11 songs and the writing is truly superb. If you ever want to know why people listen to country music at all, the title track explains it thoroughly. Sara displays a little attitude with the upbeat numbers "Shame about that" and "If you ever want my lovin'". "I don't want to see the light" and "Unopened" are, along with the title track, some of the best country ballads to come along in recent years. "The week the river raged" is an impressive semi-gospel number and her cover of the Buck Owens classic "Tiger by the Tail" is very well done--it so impressed the song's co-writer Harlan Howard that he helped her get a record deal.
Sara Evans music has devolved in her last two albums to something you wouldn't recognize as country at all. It's hard to blame her given that she's on a major label and radio has essentially blacklisted anything traditional. Still it is a sad development when you know what kind of talent she has.
If you pick up any Sara Evans CD, get this one. It's all downhill from there.
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By A Customer on December 26, 2000
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Oh Sara, I hope you read this. My husband and I loved the pure country of this CD. We had our fingers crossed that we would be able to find more and more and more. After reading the reviews of the follow-up albums, we have decided not to buy them and to just cherish this one.
Sara's voice is as pure and true as any we have ever heard. We are purchasing two more of this CD so we can listen wherever we are. Our favorites are "Walk Out Backwards" in true Bill Anderson styling and "Unopened", which shows off Sara's beautiful voice and the talents of a talented wordsmith.
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This was the 1st Sara Evans CD I'd bought. After hearing her on After Midnite with Blair Garner, I was hooked. Three Cords and the Truth is not only an awesome song, but each and every song is a winner. My brother "accidentally" stole it...so I immediately bought a new one. Also love the fact that Sara is a class act and great mom!
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