Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer
First Appeared at The Music Box, February 2004, Volume 11, #2
Written by John Metzger
Since leaving Stone Soup in 1991 to embark upon a solo career, Carrie Newcomer has matured into a respectable, if somewhat predictable, songwriter. Her latest outing Betty’s Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer culls material from six of her previous outings — her debut Visions and Dreams is the lone studio recording not represented — while adding three new compositions to her repertoire. Newcomer’s powerful voice and her knack for crafting simple, easy-going melodies that traverse the usual ground from adult contemporary pop to country-rock make the 18-song collection a pleasant, if otherwise unremarkable, endeavor. Offering a promise of things to come, however, is Bowling Baby, a swinging jazz-blues selection that carries a looser feel and contains more fire and grit than all of her other songs combined. ˝
Of Further Interest...
Kris Delmhorst - Songs for a Hurricane
Abigail Washburn - Song of the Traveling Daughter
Cheryl Wheeler - Different Stripe
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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