The Dreaming Fields - Matraca Berg
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter who has written songs for such artists as Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Faith Hill, and Martina McBride amongst many others returns with her first album in more than a decade.
  • Record Label: Dualtone Music
  • Genre(s): Country, Folk, Americana, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk
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  1. 83
    "Pretty" in the best sense--with meticulously observed lyrics: tales of wronged women and dashed hopes without mawkishness or cynicism. [27 May 2011, p.79]
  2. May 24, 2011
    80
    ltimately, The Dreaming Fields is a deeply moving, gloriously articulated album that should not only reawaken the interest of fans, but should win Berg a multitude of new ones.
  3. May 24, 2011
    80
    Fans of Matraca's songwriting, who have waited for more than a decade for a new album, will likely agree with another of that song's lyric lines: one more is never enough.
  4. May 24, 2011
    80
    While it's easy to miss the occasional flash of wiseass wit from her earlier albums, it's clear that Berg understands the relationship between the production and content of a song.
  5. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    The melodies and hooks remain as irresistible as ever.
  6. 80
    Finally, it seems, she's found her sweet spot in burnished southern folk-pop.
  7. May 24, 2011
    70
    Now Berg's back, she will have to compete with both them and newer country rock artists, and she is doing this by penning and performing music that would not sound out of place in the '70s. Times may have changed, but Berg has built her stake firmly in the ground of the past. She sings as if she dreams her fields, the audience will come.

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