Picks and Pans Review: Straight and Narrow
If it seems like only last spring that this all-woman country quintet released its first album, it was. But that record had been sitting around for more than a year, fermenting its way through a label change, so Wanda Vick and her ladies had a chance to work up enough new material for a faster-than-usual follow-up.
And country music fans should say their "Thank you, ma'ams" for that. Full of lively singing by Pam Perry and Pamela Gadd and nimble-fingered picking, much of it by leader Vick, this is a listener-friendly album. The tunes include "Rock-a-Bye Heart," the up-tempo downer familiar from Dana McVicker's version of it in 1988, the Lionel Cartwright-Harry Stinson pine-away tune "Everything He Touches (Turns to Gold)" and a band original, "Hit the Highway."
Those not familiar with Wild Rose's style might try to imagine Southern Pacific or the Desert Rose Band in dresses. Even if that thought makes you queasy, give the LP a listen anyway. (Capitol)