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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

CD Review: Becky Schlegel - For All The World To See

Becky Schlegel - For All The World To See
2008, Lilly Ray Records/Igo Records

Becky Schlegel gets noticed whenever she opens her mouth to sing. From local music associations to national press to The Prairie Home Companion to the French Association of Country Music, Schlegel is lauded time and time again. The reason is clear. Schlegel has a beautiful, expressive soprano voice that is part Allison Krauss and that manages color and nuance on the simplest of phrases. Top notch songwriting and master class musicianship from her backing band make for a musical experience you don't want to miss. For All The World To See, Schlegel's 3rd solo album, is a breath of fresh air that straddles the country/bluegrass/Americana genres and deserves all the praise this album is bound to receive.

For All The World To See opens with the title track, which is part confessional and part declaration, and laments a relationship gone wrong. Bound For Tennessee is a maudlin ballad that recalls the best of classic country. Best Time Of Day is one my personal favorites, and romps into Bluegrass territory. One of the most pleasant surprises about Becky Schlegel is the ease with which she moves across styles and sounds. I Need Your Love is a mellow rocker of a bluegrass tune -- the melody here is very familiar, but I can't place it.

Other highlights include Lonely, 99%, Sound Of Your Voice and Hills Of South Dakota. Regardless of whether it's plaintive country ballads, driving blue grass tunes, classic country, or Americana, Becky Schlegel has an ability to connect with the song and therefore the listener. In her quiet moments you'll find yourself on the edge of your seat, hanging on her words. When she rips it up you'll be on your feet dancing. For All The World To See is an outstanding release from a performer who's name you better get used to hearing. Becky Schlegel is the real deal.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (Out of 5)

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