If you're anything like me, you've always loved the Drive-By Truckers songs that Shonna Tucker sang. And with good reason. She has such a sweet voice; how could you not enjoy it? Well, on this new album, you don't have to be content with just a couple songs on which Shonna provides the vocals.
I'm not sure how she does it. Maybe it's the combination of her sweet voice and the alt-country melodies, but I find myself sort of falling in love with Shonna's songs. I didn't have to go very deep into this album to find a song that I fell in love with. "Your Jealousy" is as pretty a song as I've heard all year. It's along the lines of another singer with a pretty voice: Elizabeth Cook. Another pretty song is "Austin Side." This one feels like an old country song. Not only that. It's more evocative and heartfelt than anything that comes out of Nashville currently.
When I hear "A Family Dinner," I can't help but be reminded of Lyle Lovett. The sound of this song is a little country and a little soul. The story of this song is very much like a Lyle Lovett tune; it's an everyday event that involves family.
If you're already a fan of Shonna Tucker, this album won't disappoint you. If anything, it will make you wonder why there aren't more songwriters like her. If you're not familiar with Shonna Tucker, but you're a fan of alt-country, particularly with female vocals, this album will fit very nicely into your collection.
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