11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Freed from the constraints of the Nashville hit machine, Terri Clark shows the full range of her formidable talents as a singer/songwriter on Roots and Wings. In recent years, Clark has added depth to her mix of traditional and crossover country by stepping away from production-driven tunes in favor of something more honest. Roots and Wings revisits the sort of uptempo fare that Clark built her reputation on in the ‘90s with a new spark and intelligence—tracks like “Wrecking Ball” and “We’re Here for a Good Time” are both catchy and substantial. “Breakin’ Up Thing” (a wry honky-tonk number) and “Lonesome’s Last Call” (a downbeat barroom waltz) have the feel of classic country, while “Flowers in Snow” takes her into acoustic territory somewhere between Appalachia and Ireland. Most affecting is “Smile,” a song written for Clark’s late mother; it features Alison Krauss on vocals and fiddle. “Northern Girl” feels like both a personal anthem and a salute to her Canadian brethren. Produced with taste and sung with conviction, Roots and Wings is Clark’s most adventuresome and well-realized album to date.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Freed from the constraints of the Nashville hit machine, Terri Clark shows the full range of her formidable talents as a singer/songwriter on Roots and Wings. In recent years, Clark has added depth to her mix of traditional and crossover country by stepping away from production-driven tunes in favor of something more honest. Roots and Wings revisits the sort of uptempo fare that Clark built her reputation on in the ‘90s with a new spark and intelligence—tracks like “Wrecking Ball” and “We’re Here for a Good Time” are both catchy and substantial. “Breakin’ Up Thing” (a wry honky-tonk number) and “Lonesome’s Last Call” (a downbeat barroom waltz) have the feel of classic country, while “Flowers in Snow” takes her into acoustic territory somewhere between Appalachia and Ireland. Most affecting is “Smile,” a song written for Clark’s late mother; it features Alison Krauss on vocals and fiddle. “Northern Girl” feels like both a personal anthem and a salute to her Canadian brethren. Produced with taste and sung with conviction, Roots and Wings is Clark’s most adventuresome and well-realized album to date.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
70 Ratings
70 Ratings
Jessy13 ,

True Country

Canadian's are lucky. They get to hear the sweetness that is Terri Clark streaming through their radios. U.S. country radio has some catching up to do. Thank goodness for albums and iPods.
Keep making YOUR music Terri.

Bergerhoff ,

Underrated

With all the country fluff these days, I am glad Terri Clark is still producing quality songs, and music that does not want to make ears bleed. I have seen her live a few times and always look forward to seeing her come around.

Ruggedo ,

Its all good, and The Good Was Great!

Terri Clark's new album is everything a country music fan could want, from her current Canadian hit Northern Girl, to her channeling Patsy Cline on Lonesome's Last Call, a song that was written 20 years ago. I keep picturing Terri singing the former on the stage of the Grand Old Oprey and just bringing the house down.
Producer,writer and performer seems be a perfect fit for Terri, in this her second outing as the wearer of all those hats she just gets stronger and stronger. Some of my favorite songs here are The One and Beautiful and Broken, both a combination of solid lyrics, really good country production and one of the most solid,steady voices in country music. I think they're the kind of songs that Terri Clark fans expect from her. The kind of songs she never fails to deliver on.
Alison Krauss puts in a guest appearance on Smile, a very personal memory for Terri to her mother. I have heard Ms Clark do Smile twice in person,both time have been very emotional,but sitting in my own house,with the memories of my own mother,listening to the album version might have been one of the sweetest,most emotional moments that music has ever given me. Its a cut I will listen to again and and again. One I hope that I can hear her share again too live.
I recommend this album to anyone who loves country, and to Terri Clark fans,well, you're just going to fall in love with this girl all over again.

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