Trisha Yearwood is one of the leading female artists in country artists having racked up millions of album sales, picked up multiple awards including Grammys, CMAs and ACMs. Her last studio album was 2007’s Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love which scored her a 9th US Country Top 10 album.Having turned 50 this year, and after taking time to explore other endeavours, Yearwood is back to music with the release of PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit.
PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit is a collection of classic songs from across Yearwood’s career alongside 6 new songs recorded especially for the album. The album opens with the title track, which features Kelly Clarkson on backing vocals. PrizeFighter is a feel-good inspirational number that talks about overcoming adversity and coming out fighting. The song is empowering and a fitting way to open this new collection.
The album features 10 classic hits from Yearwood’s back catalogue including her most famous song How Do I Live, which featured on the soundtrack of Con Air. Many people would likely tell you that it’s a LeAnn Rimes song but it’s Yearwood who did the definitive version of the track. Also included on the album are classics such as Walkaway Joe featuring Don Henley, In Another’s Eyes featuring her husband Garth Brooks, and the gorgeous ballad The Song Remembers When.
It’s the new songs on PrizeFighter that beg for your attention however. The title track is a good teaser for Yearwood’s new material and the other songs don’t disappoint. I Remember You is beautiful acoustic song that showcases the irresistible tones of country star whilst End of the World is a storming country track filled with harmonies.
The two strongest tracks are Met Him In A Motel Room and Your Husband’s Cheatin’ On Us. The former is an emotive ballad that is a classic slice of country music storytelling whilst the latter talks inspiration from Carrie Underwood’s Two Black Cadillacs for a tale of a no good man about to get his comeuppance.
PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit is a timely reminder of what a force Trisha Yearwood is in country music and teases you with the promise of what’s to come. She mauy have turned 50 but she’s definitely still in the game. Her new music is as strong, if not stronger, than anything she’s done before and we can’t wait for a new full studio album. PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit is a strong release from Yearwood and we are loving the sound of her new material.