The centerpiece to this sixth album by soulful country balladeer Chely Wright is "The Bumper of My S.U.V.," a song about the sort of patriotism that runs deeper than partisan sniping and that will therefore likely hit home with listeners on all sides of the political divide. As the album's primary producer and songwriter, Wright takes control of her artistry here, with material that has more depth and a sound that is less polished than what often dominates the airwaves. The narrative ambition of Wright's "The River," which features Vince Gill providing vocal counterpoint, merits comparison with the Bruce Springsteen song of the same title, while the prickly relationship detailed in "Between a Mother and a Child" is too painful not to ring true. Lightening the mood is a romp through Chuck Berry's "C'est La Vie (You Never Can Tell)." With the opening "It's the Song" (written by Bonnie Baker and Katrina Elam), Wright puts the emphasis on the strength of the material, and proceeds to deliver, with a selection devoid of filler. --Don McLeese
1. It's The Song 2. Back Of The Bottom Drawer 3. I Got Him Ready For You 4. River, The 5. Just The Way We Do It 6. Bumper Of My S.U.V., The 7. Your Shirt 8. Between A Mother And A Child 9. Southside Of Lonesome 10. Wheels 11. C'est La Vie (You Never Can Tell) 12. What If I Can't Say No Again?
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