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Most recent release, Harness the Wind (2003)
At times her voice, though not the substance of the music, seemed to resemble Emmylou Harris. (email@example.com)
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Recommended first album:
Peace begins with me is all we've heard
2002—Little Freedom Music—SL7173
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Those heavily into country music will find something to like here (though, as we shall see, probably not the whole album); others may enjoy a few tracks, but no more than that. (email@example.com)
Jody, Dian, Laura Kaye, Harvey, Erin, Kimberly, Vic, Mary, Carl, Jeromy, Race, Wes, Michael, Wain—backing vocals
Summer Lee, with Daryl Hok, Tom Carter, Bob Rigley, Stacey Christenson, Vic Sorsiso
The tracks on this album fall into two categories: A majority with some kind of message, and a minority without. I found the latter group much more successful. Judging from some of the liner notes, the album seems to have been prepared in the aftermath of 9/11, and the mix of material reflects this. The message songs tend toward the kind of people-should-be-nice-to-each-other sensibility that Jewel was roasted for, in some circles, in the few years before she discovered sex appeal as a gimmick. The title track takes a particularly didactic approach. There are successful country songs that engage in some kind of commentary; examples that occur to me include Martina McBride's "Independence Day," Kathy Mattea's "Walking Away A Winner," and in a somewhat lighter vein, the Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl." Lee's sincerity in these matters is to be appreciated, but there are other kinds of songs that she's better at.
Thanks to Mitch Pravatiner for work on this entry.
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