Picks and Pans Review: Hangin' Up My Heart
The "Hangin' Up" here doesn't seem to refer to retiring, but rather to putting it out there for the folks to enjoy. It was as the Coal Miner's Daughter that Sissy made her splashdown in Nashtown. Now this farm agent's daughter has cut her next album, and it's a doozy. Instead of Loretta Lynn's distinctive Kentucky sound, Sissy belts out the numbers with a "Lone Star" twang she inherited honestly in Quitman, Texas. Her vocals are amazingly strong and sensuous, especially considering that she was almost nine months pregnant when she cut most of the 10 tracks. There is a dash of rock, but the harmonies, arrangements and flavor are mainstream country and expertly assembled by producer Rodney Crowell. For material she gets Honky Tonkin' from Hank Williams, a bouncy "This Time I'm Gonna Beat" You to the Truck from Susanna Clark and "If You Could Only See Me Now" from balladsmith Keith Sykes. Spacek wrote one of the numbers herself, "He Don't Know Me", and she and Lynn collaborated on "Smooth Talkin' Daddy". The most irresistible cut, though, is Hank DeVito's title tune. The result is an auspicious showing by an Oscar-winning actress who has a natural feel for this genre and who can obviously hold her own in Loretta's domain.
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