Picks and Pans Review: Untamed

updated 03/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Heather Myles

Despite the good reviews she garnered for her 1992 debut album, Just Like Old Times (with its prominent Buck Owens-Bakersfield sound influences), the majority of the record-buying public has yet to discover Southern California singer-songwriter Heather Myles. They don't know what they're missing. On this new release she blends different musical styles, offering her full-throated vocals and honest, no-nonsense delivery on cuts like "It Ain't Over," a jangly, folk-tinged Mary Chapin Carpenter-esque tune, and "Indigo Moon" with its south-of-the border feel.

Myles, who wrote or cowrote eight of the songs here, shows her rural roots on a quietly effective cover of Marty Robbins's "Begging to You" (with Myles's vocal conjuring up visions of Patsy Cline) and "Gone Too Long," a travelin'-down-the-highway, guitar-driven rocker. The album's highlight is "Until I Couldn't Have You," a wistful tale of romantic remorse, one that her record label should quickly release as a single before Reba gets hold of it and makes it her own. (HighTone)

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