Picks and Pans Review: Yelling at Mary

updated 05/01/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Mary Karlzen

This refreshing major-label debut is a polished work of folk-tinged rock. Karlzen adopts several diverse personas along the way, from a girl fed up with her boring surroundings on the bouncy "Everybody's Sleeping" to a woman looking ruefully back at an old love affair on "Times Forgotten Crime," an acoustic track that Bob Dylan might have penned in mid-career. The lesser-known, 28-year-old singer-songwriter is not lacking in high-powered admirers—yes, that is Jackson Browne doing backup on "The Way I See It"—but she retains command of the album's 12 tracks. Her smiling, pop-like lyrics and neatly driving guitar have already attracted a club following. Yelling at Mary? Not likely. You'll probably spend more time singing along with her. (Atlantic)

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