Martina McBride previews her forthcoming album with “Ride”, a high-energy single that surrounds one of her typical positive messages with atypically aggressive production. This is worth hearing for the guitar work alone, but stick around for McBride’s best vocal in a long time.
Rather than alternating between a breathy whisper and a full-out belt, McBride gives the song a straightforward performance that’s rough around the edges in all of the right ways. She hasn’t sounded this authentic and grounded since her Wild Angels album back in 1995. By not pushing quite as hard for the big notes, she makes a greater impact using less power.
Best of all, she sounds like she’s really singing again, interpreting a lyric instead of showcasing her vocal chops. If the rest of the new project is up to this standard, we may be in for McBride’s best album in more than a decade.