Pam Tillis (Arista)
Because Tillis isn't a great vocal stylist, she is much more dependent on her material than bigger-voiced singers like Faith Hill
or Tanya Tucker. Tillis, however, has demonstrated an astute ear for clever, contagious country pop tunes. She and coproducer Billy Joe Walker Jr. display that ability again on this CD, which includes two infectiously downbeat songs by Leslie Satcher, "You Put the Lonely on Me" and "Whiskey on the Wound." Those, along with titles like "Hurt Myself" and "A Whisper and a Scream," add up to enough grief on this album to make even Alanis Morissette happy. So what if she isn't Joan Sutherland or Mariah Carey
in the pipes department; Tillis can be most entertaining in her travails.
Bottom Line: Sweet suffering, country-style