Picks and Pans Review: The Trouble with the Truth

updated 02/12/1996 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/12/1996 01:00AM

Patty Loveless

Loveless is known as a country singer—her last disc was the Country Music Association's 1995 Album of the Year—but here she embroiders her country with rock melodies, R&B riffs and folkie intensity. Though Loveless doesn't write her own material, she has a knack for choosing songs she can make her own. Whether it's Richard Thompson's rave-up "Tear-Stained Letter" or Gary Burr and Gary Nicholson's spare, acoustic "A Thousand Times a Day," her expressive vocals seem warm and inviting. Loveless sounds less like some distant voice on a CD and more like a friend who has stopped by to tell you about her troubled love life. Sometimes she's cooing a line like "The trouble with the truth/ Is it always begs for more" on the title track. Other times, like when she's telling off an old flame on "You Can Feel Bad," it's as if the spirit of Etta James has taken over her voice. The Trouble with the Truth will no doubt be racked in the country section of record stores, but fans of pop and rock should make a detour to find it. This disc doesn't just cross over. It builds a bridge. (Epic)

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