With its abundance of designer hats, songbirds more Madonna than Loretta Lynn, warmed over Lynyrd Skynyrd and Outlaws licks and bandwagon jumping bomb Iraq/don't bomb Iraq jingles, I have to confess to a strong aversion to most things considered country music these days.
More Joni Mitchell (He's Still In Love With Me, Where Are You) than Shania Twain; more Traffic (Did You Think) than Big and Rich; more James Taylor (Then There's You) than… oh, I don't know, take your pick, Brown's folk/country pop songs offer the long lost hope that soon, very soon, there's going to be a lot less songs based on beer, sexy tractors, NASCAR, T&A , and being down on your luck in your pick up truck.
Though her voice, high and clear, is a delight to hear, I don't believe it's distinguishable enough to separate her from the pack. But those songs, including Easy Love, Don't Say and Built For Luxury are going to be hits for someone who's listening.
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