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Waking Up Laughing

Martina McBride

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Martina McBride scored big with Timeless, her collection of classic country tunes in 2005. It was yet another feather in the singer's cap. McBride's reign near the top of country music's pantheon has been near constant. She's picky about the songs she chooses to sing, she works with sympathetic producers, and her voice is, well, timeless. She's got the Southern twang, but its timbre carries within it a vast scope of American music. Check "Anyway," the first single and video from 2007's Waking Up Laughing, and one of two tunes on the set McBride had a hand in writing (and she produced the set herself -- she's earned the right). It's subject is to pray regardless, take the action and leave the result in the hands of Divine Providence: "God is great, but sometimes life ain't good/When I pray it doesn't always turn out like I think it should/But I do it anyway/I do it anyway." It's anthem to the beauty of failure, the courage in tenacity, and a testament to the willingness to do the right thing no matter how it turns out. It's got a massive string section, a slow, pronounced piano. The guitars crash against the strings in the refrain and the entire thing nearly lifts off the ground. The only thing holding it steady is McBride's big contralto. This kind of drama is her stock-in-trade. Celine Dion has nothing on her. Song itself is where McBride's quest as an artist resides. In the opener, "If I Had Your Name," rocking guitars, fiddles, mandolins, and big bad drums underscore McBride's scathing indictment of another's character flaws: "If I had your name/I'd be changin' it by now." A popping bassline and twin lead guitars fill the middle with menace and rage. "Everybody Does" feels like a flip side for "Anyway," with the subject of failure in love. "Loveland" and "House of a Thousand Dreams" have less of that large, theater-sounding dynamic. They are more traditionally "country" songs, a term that in the 21st century can mean almost anything -- and yes, that's good: it simply stands for American music these days. Waking Up Laughing is another brick in Martina McBride's astonishingly consistent catalog. Her continual affirmation for Christian faith may alienate some but will no doubt register with many country fans. Any way you look at it, Waking Up Laughing is a winner.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
If I Had Your Name
00:03:41

Gordon Sampson, Composer - Gordon Sampson, Lyricist - Hillary Lindsey, Composer - Hillary Lindsey, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer - Steve McEwan, Composer - Steve McEwan, Lyricist - Troy Johnson, Background Vocal - Wes Hightower, Background Vocal

(P) 2007 BMG Music

2
Cry Cry (Til The Sun Shines)
00:03:06

Aimee Mayo, Composer - Aimee Mayo, Lyricist - Brett Warren, Background Vocal - Chris Lindsey, Composer - Chris Lindsey, Lyricist - Hillary Lindsey, Composer - Hillary Lindsey, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer - Marv Green, Composer - Marv Green, Lyricist - Troy Johnson, Background Vocal - Wes Hightower, Background Vocal

(P) 2007 BMG Music

3
Tryin' To Find A Reason
00:03:26

Jeremy Stover, Composer - Jeremy Stover, Lyricist - Keith Urban, Background Vocal - Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer - Tommy Lee James, Composer - Tommy Lee James, Lyricist

(P) 2007 BMG Music

4
For These Times
00:04:15

Brittany Grady, Background Vocal - Calvin Settles, Background Vocal - Darlene Hill, Background Vocal - Elizabeth White, Background Vocal - Fallon Settles, Background Vocal - Ira Wayne Settles, Background Vocal - Kim Fleming, Background Vocal - Leslie Satcher, Composer - Leslie Satcher, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer - Odessa Settles, Background Vocal - Pierre Womble, Background Vocal - Renita Smith-Crittendon, Background Vocal - Rick Jones, Background Vocal - Robert Bailey, Background Vocal - Sara Settles, Background Vocal - Sherie Woods, Background Vocal - Shirley Settles, Background Vocal - Todd Suttles, Background Vocal - Vicki Hampton, Background Vocal

(P) 2007 BMG Music

5
Anyway (Album & Digital Single Version)
00:04:40

Brad Warren, Composer - Brad Warren, Lyricist - Brett Warren, Composer - Brett Warren, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Composer - Martina McBride, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer

(P) 2006 BMG Music

6
How I Feel
00:03:48

Aimee Mayo, Composer - Aimee Mayo, Lyricist - Brad Warren, Composer - Brad Warren, Lyricist - Brett Warren, Background Vocal - Brett Warren, Composer - Brett Warren, Lyricist - Chris Lindsey, Composer - Chris Lindsey, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Composer - Martina McBride, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer

(P) 2007 BMG Music

7
I'll Still Be Me
00:03:48

Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer - Rachel Thibodeau, Composer - Rachel Thibodeau, Lyricist - Tammy Hyler, Composer - Tammy Hyler, Lyricist

(P) 2007 BMG Music

8
Beautiful Again
00:02:55

Brad Warren, Composer - Brad Warren, Lyricist - Brett Warren, Composer - Brett Warren, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Composer - Martina McBride, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer - Nick Trevisick, Composer - Nick Trevisick, Lyricist

(P) 2007 BMG Music

9
Everybody Does
00:03:27

Dan Demay, Composer - Dan Demay, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer - Michael Mobley, Composer - Michael Mobley, Lyricist - Rachel Proctor, Composer - Rachel Proctor, Lyricist - Troy Johnson, Background Vocal - Wes Hightower, Background Vocal

(P) 2007 BMG Music

10
House Of A Thousand Dreams
00:03:52

Billy Montana, Composer - Billy Montana, Lyricist - Ilya Toshinsky, Composer - Ilya Toshinsky, Lyricist - Jenai, Composer - Jenai, Lyricist - Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer

(P) 2007 BMG Music

11
Love Land
00:03:56

Martina McBride, Performer - Martina McBride, Producer - Rachel Thibodeau, Composer - Rachel Thibodeau, Lyricist - Tom Douglas, Composer - Tom Douglas, Lyricist

(P) 2007 BMG Music

Album Description

Martina McBride scored big with Timeless, her collection of classic country tunes in 2005. It was yet another feather in the singer's cap. McBride's reign near the top of country music's pantheon has been near constant. She's picky about the songs she chooses to sing, she works with sympathetic producers, and her voice is, well, timeless. She's got the Southern twang, but its timbre carries within it a vast scope of American music. Check "Anyway," the first single and video from 2007's Waking Up Laughing, and one of two tunes on the set McBride had a hand in writing (and she produced the set herself -- she's earned the right). It's subject is to pray regardless, take the action and leave the result in the hands of Divine Providence: "God is great, but sometimes life ain't good/When I pray it doesn't always turn out like I think it should/But I do it anyway/I do it anyway." It's anthem to the beauty of failure, the courage in tenacity, and a testament to the willingness to do the right thing no matter how it turns out. It's got a massive string section, a slow, pronounced piano. The guitars crash against the strings in the refrain and the entire thing nearly lifts off the ground. The only thing holding it steady is McBride's big contralto. This kind of drama is her stock-in-trade. Celine Dion has nothing on her. Song itself is where McBride's quest as an artist resides. In the opener, "If I Had Your Name," rocking guitars, fiddles, mandolins, and big bad drums underscore McBride's scathing indictment of another's character flaws: "If I had your name/I'd be changin' it by now." A popping bassline and twin lead guitars fill the middle with menace and rage. "Everybody Does" feels like a flip side for "Anyway," with the subject of failure in love. "Loveland" and "House of a Thousand Dreams" have less of that large, theater-sounding dynamic. They are more traditionally "country" songs, a term that in the 21st century can mean almost anything -- and yes, that's good: it simply stands for American music these days. Waking Up Laughing is another brick in Martina McBride's astonishingly consistent catalog. Her continual affirmation for Christian faith may alienate some but will no doubt register with many country fans. Any way you look at it, Waking Up Laughing is a winner.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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