Martina McBride deserves a tremendous amount of credit. She’s one of the only mainstream country artists, male or female, who consistently seeks out material that deals with issues beyond love found and lost. We used to have a lot of women on country radio who did this, but she’s one of the only ones left. “For These Times” doesn’t break any new philosophical ground, but at least it’s taking a look at the world and trying to find some hope for it, even if it can’t make any sense of it. Her vocal is also wonderfully restrained.
Listen: For These Times
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