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Friday, 13 January 2012

Laura Cantrell - Kitty Wells Dresses LP 2011

The album is a great idea. A tribute to 1950's Country and Western Legend Kitty Wells by present day alt-country songstress Laura Cantrell. The title track was penned by Cantrell herself, with the other songs picked from the Kitty Wells back catalogue and presented in straightforward and respectful manner.

If you're a big fan of the Country genre it can't be faulted, but for me it needed a twist or a tweak to make it more accessible and relevant. The tracks are all standard Country and Western, tear-jerking style ballads and although classics in their time, they come over as a little dated for a modern audience.

The title track is possibly my favourite offering from the album, with Kitty's classic 'One by One' and the brilliantly titled ' It wasn't God who made Honky Tonk Angels' coming a close second and third. The question has to be asked; if God didn't, who actually did make Honky Tonk Angels? What is a Honky Tonk Angel anyway?

I've got to admit I like Cantrell's own songs better than these covers, but for good ol' boys, rednecks, cowboys and line dancers, I'm sure this will go down a storm.


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