Thursday, March 22, 2007

Beverley Mitchell - Beverley Mitchell

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As in Beverley Mitchell, star of TV series Seventh Heaven (and the film Saw II). Don't you just love these multi-talented stars?

Anyway this is about as far away from Jennifer Lopez as you could get. For a start she can actually act and secondly she's unleashing a Country 'n' Western album on us. What can I say? I'm still in that country mood.

Of course if you've heard one country album you've heard them all, or at least that is what some people think. This hardly goes out of it's way to prove them wrong. Indeed it's as if the last 20 years haven't happened, lyrically at least. This is Tanya Tucker and 1970's simplicity all over again. (Although it should be pointed out that in the US this is being marketed as both a Country album and a "Christian" one).

Which isn't to say that its without merit. Mitchell can sing, although you have to admit that she's hasn't the greatest voice ever, and there are certain cuts, such as Walkin, Black Is Black or Nothin' 'Bout Nothin' which will get your toes tapping. Similarly, if you're in the mood some of the slower, more reflective moments work as well, the prime example being Dream Like We're Gonna Live Forever.

There is also the sense that Mitchell means what she's singing, which is a sincerity that can be hard to find to any great degree these days.

All in all it's not a brilliant album, but it does have it's charms. Whether it's something that will come out of hibernation off the shelf all that often is a different matter.

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