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September 22, 2005

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CD Reviews
by
Bev Valentine

Faith Hill, Fireflies

Warner Bros., 2005

 **1/2

I surprised myself recently when I realized I have three other Faith Hill CDs in my collection. 

I guess I’m a closet Faith Hill fan — closeted even to myself.  I’ve always liked her sound and the fact that she can pull off a hit country single that also climbs the pop charts. Her new CD, Fireflies, is a great edition to my “closet collection.”

I was expecting to hear some top 40 type-songs because she’d been leaning that way for the past few albums. But from the get-go here she is all country. Her voice is country and her songs are full of emotion. The stories are about relationships and childhood and give you strong images to keep you listening. It’s a fun way into the country genre for new fans. Songs “Mississippi Girl,” “Fireflies” and “Stealing Kisses” are among the album’s best.

One thing that disturbed me on the CD was the duet with her husband Tim McGraw, “Like We Never Loved Before.” Both the song and his voice seemed out of place with the rest of the tracks.

If you’re a Faith fan, I recommend this CD. If not, I would pass.