Sunday, May 27, 2007

One Of The Boys - Gretchen Wilson

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Gretchen Wilson may well be a one-trick pony, the rough and rowdy "real" redneck Nashville country music woman, far removed from the polished world of Shania Twain or Faith Hill, but there is no denying that she's an entertaining one-trick pony.

Or at least she was.

One Of The Boys seems to be an attempt to prove that she's more than the "Redneck Woman" from her most successful single. It's not an approach that entirely convinces me.

There are moments that I enjoy but they are mostly the more up-tempo rocky numbers such as You Don't Have to Go Home and There's a Place in the Whiskey which are more like the kind of thing you would expect from Wilson.

Less successful are the likes of The Girl I Am and Come To Bed, which whilst proving Wilson has the voice for these kind of slower, more reflective songs also go to prove that overall they are not her strong point.

I doubt any fans of her previous efforts would be turned off by this collection, but by the same token I doubt they'd say it was their favourite of her albums. Pleasant enough, but far from a must-have purchase.

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