Picks and Pans Review: Little Acts of Treason
Granddaughter of country singing legend Maybelle Carter, daughter of June Carter and 1950s hitmaker Carl Smith and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, Carlene Carter amply holds her own and gives us more of that joyous vocal abandon evident on previous outings—growling, yodeling and yelping her way to a song's finish line. The feisty opener, "Hurricane," fairly leaps out of the speakers, and "Love Like This," with its jangly guitars, has a Springsteen-meets-the-British-Invasion feel. On "Loose Talk," Carter rocks out with her dad on his No. 1 hit of 1955, and even "He Will Be Mine," though a shameless reworking of her 1993 single "Every Little Thing," is infectious. But the real stunner here is "Change," a ballad she wrote that is an introspective look at Carter's life, demonstrating her maturity as a songwriter and as a singer of deeply felt emotions. (Giant)
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