I've been at this music critic/pundrity game for a good long while now and I still don't get it. I still don't understand why some get the nod, the deal, the recognition and others, often more deserving, play their songs and ply their art in relative obscurity.
I'm not knocking her newest on Vanguard (and fourth offering overall since 1997) I just don't hear what all the fuss is about. Garrison Starr's singing and songwriting is nice and friendly enough but if you were to put her in a line-up of similar singer/songwriters I couldn't pick her out. Guitars and the standard platitudes of female empowerment and romantic disillusionment ('Hey girl, it's a beautiful day for flying', 'Love never works out like you want it to', 'I hate love') abound. Will Starr's strength, vulnerability and typical chimey amalgam of country, pop 'n rock find a safe haven on adult alternative and public radio? Will VH1 catch on? Undoubtedly. I wish her well. Best song? Gasoline.
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