Annal: 2000 Grammy Award for Best Country Album

Results of the Grammy Award in the year 2000.

Album:Breathe

Breathe

Faith Hill

From the suggestive series of photos in the CD’s packaging to the aerobicized dance-floor workouts within, Faith Hill refuses to concede an inch of crossover dominance to Shania Twain. Except for a seductive duet with husband Tim McGraw on “Let’s Make Love” and an occasional pinch of fiddle or steel guitar, there’s little here to characterize Hill as a country artist. As pop, the results range from pretty (“Breathe,” “Love Is a Sweet Thing”) to pretty slight (“I Got My Baby,” “If My Heart Had Wings”) to borderline inane (“Bringing Out the Elvis,” the voyeuristic…

Album:I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack may well have the most hard-country female voice in Nashville; while her first two albums showed much promise, they didn’t boost her past the middle of the pack. So what’s the Nashville solution? Instead of playing to her strengths, make her soprano sound smaller and more compact (think Dolly, not Tammy), de-twang it so she sounds more creamy and dreamy. In other words, try to make her sound more like everyone else. Most of these songs are slow or midtempo, building ever so predictably, and with arrangements paying little more than lip service to…

Album:Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye

Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye

Vince Gill

Vince Gill is deeply in love. It’s hard to imagine an adolescent in the throes of first crush sounding any giddier than Gill does on this mash note of an album to new wife Amy Grant (who returns the devotion with a duet on “When I Look into Your Heart”). Though romantic rapture doesn’t necessarily produce lesser music than heartbreak, the mushiness of “Feels Like Love,” “The Luckiest Guy in the World,” and “Look What Love’s Revealing” is wince-worthy rather than Vince-worthy (particularly in comparison with his previous album, 1998’s deeply moving…

Album:Real Live Woman

Real Live Woman

Trisha Yearwood

Real Live Woman finds Trisha Yearwood fully embracing the inner soft-rocker she’s flirted with for years, and so it makes sense that it’s the most fully realized album of her career. Her Cali-rock jones gets a fix here thanks to a Linda Ronstadt cover (“Try Me Again”) and a guest shot by Jackson Browne on “Sad Eyes,” a Los Angeles-era Springsteen number, but the voice remains hers—a modern-day country girl who’s been uptown and likes it. The result is an album that finds the middle ground between the sonic options won for country radio by the Dixie Chicks,…

Album:Under the Influence

Under the Influence

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson, the 1990s’ preeminent tradition-based singer, kicked up a fuss at the 1999 CMA Awards over the Country Music Association’s cavalier treatment of George Jones. That same deep, abiding reverence for the past clearly inspired this collection of oldies, all of them Jackson’s personal favorites. Many choices aren’t surprising, such as the 1967 Jim Ed Brown barroom anthem “Pop a Top,” Merle Haggard’s “My Own Kind of Hat” and “The Way I Am,” Don Williams’s “It Must Be Love,” the 1963 George Jones hit “Revenooer Man,” Hank Williams Jr.’s “The Blues Man,”…

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