Entertainment Weekly (9/17/99, p.81) - "...Eventually, this singer will find a way to separate herself from the pack. In the meantime, she sounds great just getting there." - Rating: B+
Q (1/00, p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The machinery is all in place, the songs sound easily good enough, [and] her voice much richer than la Twain's. Nashvillle currently loves [her]..."
Personnel includes: Martina McBride (vocals); Biff Watson (acoustic & electric guitars, bouzouki); Paul Worley (6- & 12-string acoustic guitars, background vocals); Dan Dugmore (electric & 12-string guitars); Douglas Lancio (electric guitar, bouzouki); J.T. Corenflos, Dann Huff (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); John Catchings (cello); John Hobbs (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Steve Nathan (Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer piano, synthesizer); Joe Chemay (bass); Lonnie Wilson, Greg Morrow (drums); Tom Rhoady, Terry McMillan (percussion); Mark Hammond (drum programming); Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Tom Douglas, Erik Hellerman, Wes Hightower, Troy Johnson (background vocals).
Principally recorded at The Money Pit, Nashville, Tennessee.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
"I Love You" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
EMOTION, Martina McBride's fifth release (not counting her Christmas CD), is a fine collection of songs that show off the singer's magnificent voice. McBride's vocal range gets a real workout, from the restrained prettiness of "There You Are" and "Good Bye" to the powerful, emotion-packed readings of "From the Ashes" and "This Uncivil War." McBride, who is known for believe-in-yourself, strong-woman anthems like "Independence Day" and "A Broken Wing," offers a couple more here, "Do What You Do" and "It's My Time." The latter is one of the strongest performances on the CD.
Though EMOTION is a country album, two of the tracks seem designed for pop crossover success. "I Love You," first heard on the RUNAWAY BRIDE soundtrack, is a song that has the same feel and lyrical wordplay as Faith Hill's career-making smash, "This Kiss," while "Anything and Everything" is a mid-tempo love song that would fit right in on any soft rock radio station. The most unusual track on the album is "Love's the Only House," a song that sports a catchy chorus despite its serious social message.