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Album Review: Trisha Yearwood – Let’s Be Frank

Artist: Trisha Yearwood

Album: Let’s Be Frank

Label: Gwendolyn Records, LLC

Genre: Big Band, Jazz

Trisha Yearwood’s new album, Let’s Be Frank, technically is not country… but she’s Trisha Yearwood and she can do whatever she wants and we’re going to listen. I picked up this CD as a gift from my sweet mama for Valentine’s Day. I’m usually so focused on new country releases as part of my job that this album is not something I would’ve rushed to buy myself, but it hasn’t left my CD player for almost a week (thanks, Mom).

Trisha Yearwood is a remarkable vocalist who’s skills transcend genres. Like so many women who gained mainstream popularity in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Yearwood is a legitimately good singer. I had no doubt this album would include superb vocals, and Yearwood does not let us down. Not only are her vocals topnotch, Yearwood avoids a kitschy, throwback style, adding to the overall integrity of the sound.

The variance in songs between Sinatra’s well-known hits (“Come Fly With Me”, “Witchcraft”) and his lesser known gems (“All the Way”, “One For My Baby…”) provides an engaging landscape; this isn’t Trisha Yearwood impersonating a 50’s singer, doing the old radio hits. This is Trisha Yearwood, a remarkable musician, digging into the musicology of Frank Sinatra, conducting her research, and putting her own spin on the classics. “One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)” is an absolute standout hit on this album, bringing with it the boozy-cocktail-lounge feel the Rat Pack was so skilled at creating with a soulful spin Ala Yearwood. “They All Laughed” and “The Lady is a Tramp” are worth it for the instrumentals alone.

This album is definitely a little out of the box for Lula 1892. You can usually find us bopping around to Hayes Carll, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, or a rising artist no one has even heard of outside our offices. Luckily for us, Trisha Yearwood offers a fresh take on legitimately fantastic songs, and I can’t get enough of it. Creating this album was a solid move up in Yearwood’s career. She’s painted herself in a new light; yea, she’s a Country Queen, but she’s also a rockstar of a classical vocalist. We love her, and we love this album. #Trishaforpresidentofallmusic

Favorite Songs: Witchcraft, One For My Baby (And One More For the Road), The Lady is a Tramp, I’ll Be Seeing You

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