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Single Review: Faith Hill – ‘Give In To Me’

The Country Strong franchise may not make a country star out of Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays the embattled chanteuse in the film.  But it’s certainly bringing some of country music’s own leading ladies back to the charts.  Sara Evans had the first single from the movie’s soundtrack and that sits inside the top 30 this week – her first appearance there since 2008 – while Paltrow’s title song enters the top 30 as well.  Now, the soundtrack has given us the first Faith Hill chart appearance in over 3 years.

Hill has certainly kept her visibility high during her downtime from releasing new music: she launched her fragrance line in 2009 and is seen by millions every Sunday night on NBC.  She’s also currently said to be working with noted pop and rock producers for a new album due out this year.  But for now it’s back to the country airwaves.  ‘Give In To Me’ isn’t going to draw the kind of rave reviews Fireflies garnered, nor should it.  Her most recent foray into country music found the singer reinventing herself completely, shedding almost all the illegitimate uptown image she had hung on herself.  Now, for this track at least, it seems that Faith Hill has picked up where she left off with Cry.  Fortunately, ‘Give In To Me’ follows the template of the best tracks on the mostly ill-fitting Cry.  It’s an acoustic pop ballad, the kind Faith Hill shines brightest with.

Slicy electric guitar licks fill up the space left by the elegant lead piano track on what is mostly a lyrically bare song.  All we really hear are the narrator’s desires – ‘My heart is set on you, I don’t want no one else‘ – while the chorus echoes her confidence that all she wants will happen. Meanwhile, Hill pours on her buttery vocals to the song’s lyrics as if it were a hot biscuit.  While it lacks the fiery passion of ‘Breathe’ and the emotional intensity of ‘Cry’, ‘Give In To Me’ succeeds in ably revisiting the sound Faith Hill has come to own.

Grade: B

‘Give In To Me’ doesn’t seem to be available as a digital download just yet, but can be purchased as part of the Country Strong Soundtrack.

Listen here.

4 responses to “Single Review: Faith Hill – ‘Give In To Me’

  1. Ben Foster January 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

    It’s always nice to hear something new from Faith Hill. I’ve been listening to her for about as long as I can remember, and she even takes partial credit for introducing me to country music. This is a good performance, but I agree that it doesn’t top Fireflies. Fireflies just seemed to have more authenticity about it than anything else Faith had released.

  2. jamie anderson January 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I loved the movie “country strong”. But I bought the soundtrack for garretts song give into me. I had no idea faith sang it. I was dissapointed I really loved his voice for this song. It’s a duo song and they are perfect. Just hope to see more of him in the future….

  3. J.R. Journey January 31, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I hadn’t yet seen Country Strong when I wrote this song review, but I have to say I enjoyed the movie version too. I didn’t really expect to after liking Faith’s recording so much.

  4. Deb February 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Love Faith Hill’s version of “Give In to Me”. Looking forward to new music from her.

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