Sandra McCracken - Best Laid Plans

Wednesday 1st September 2004
Sandra McCracken - Best Laid Plans
Sandra McCracken - Best Laid Plans

STYLE: Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10190-9129
LABEL: Shell HAVE1CD
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RRP: £13.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

This is the Nashville-based singer/songwriter's third album and I'm ashamed to say I missed the first two as clearly the lass is a huge talent with a vulnerable, achingly poignant voice that sounds like a cross between Emmy Lou Harris and Julie Miller. Her songwriting too is pure class with traces of Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin influences and an articulate and poetic way with lyrics you'd expect from an English literature major. The first single from this set is a jangly pop song of near perfection while something about "No More Tears" reminds me of Sarah Masen. There's one unexpected cover, a surprisingly effective rendition of the lachrymose Peter Sarsted '60s hit "Where Do You Go To My Lovely" while her own "Son's Of Cain" with its biblical imagery and ethereal harmonies grow on one with every play. Good, stripped down pop production too from Peter Collins (Alice Cooper, Indigo Girls). Another excellent mainstream artist deserving of support.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Plenty [Listen]
2. Last Goodbye [Listen]
3. No More Tears [Listen]
4. Find You Out (What Matters) [Listen]
5. 500 Miles [Listen]
6. Where Do You Go To My Lovely [Listen]
7. Took You For Granted [Listen]
8. Sons Of Cain [Listen]
9. Letters [Listen]
10. Stay (Missing Evidence) [Listen]
11. Age After Age [Listen]

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