Picks and Pans Review: Walking Away a Winner

updated 06/06/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea has one of Nashville's strongest set of pipes; thanks to them she can kick some very ho-hum tunes into high gear. And therein lies the problem with this album: Mat-tea's no-nonsense mezzo-soprano is wasted on the slightly cornpone fare here. The Grammy winner is best at solid, gutsy I-will-survive-there's-no-stopping-me-now numbers, like this album's title track, a most convincing case for walking away from a destructive relationship. Driven by a killer hook, it has crossover hit written all over its ringing chorus. The rest of the album is an assortment of wishy-washy pop that merely maintains Mattea's status as a great talent who, unfortunately, doesn't always choose the best material. (Mercury)

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