Picks and Pans Review: Everything's Gonna Be Alright
Carter's second album has no surefire hits like her 1996 debut's title song, "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" and no sweetheart of a tune like "Strawberry Wine," another highlight of that first effort. This followup includes the most peculiar "Michelangelo Sky," which implies that Michelangelo had a Van Gogh-like penchant for intense colors, as well as the 318th or so country song with "Ruby" in the title ("Ruby Brown"). Even more bizarre is Carter's version of the old Melanie hit "Brand New Key," complete with falsetto chorus. More enjoyable is "People Miss Planes," a clever please-don't-go tune that Carter turns into an affecting lament. While she could sound livelier at times, she does seem very hearty, as if she has gained confidence since her debut album. Judging by this enjoyable collection, that confidence is fully justified.
Bottom Line: Second effort fulfills earlier promise