Born to Fly
It’s fair to say that Sara Evans’ country music career fully took off with the 2000 release of Born To Fly. Already a critic’s favorite, she secured a tighter hold on radio listeners with this well-realized song collection. Born To Fly reflects Evans’ search for a meeting-place between the old and new worlds of country most effectively on its title track, a bluegrass-rooted celebration of restless youth. A similar unbridled exuberance courses through tracks like “I Keep Lookin’,” “Let’s Dance” and “Every Little Kiss.” While the upbeat tunes are crucial to the album’s appeal, it’s the thoughtful midtempo numbers and bittersweet ballads that really prove Evans’ mettle as a song interpreter. “I Learned That From You” and “Saints And Angels” are soul-searching numbers that trace the peaks and valleys of real-life relationships. For those with a hankering for honky-tonk heartache, “You Don’t” more than fills the bill. Evans brings an authenticity and warmth to these songs that makes you forget she’s forging hit records in the process. That’s the beauty of Born To Fly.