Christyâ€™s Just Sippinâ€™ on MGD
If you ever find yourself sitting in a bar, drinking alone, Christy McWilsonâ€šÃ„Ã´s second solo album may be just what you should listen to. Or you may already be listening to it â€šÃ„Ã¬ you may not be able to tell the difference. â€šÃ„ÃºBed of Rosesâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is chock full of country-rock ditties that are as about as original as the albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s title. The veteran rocker played on the Seattle scene since the 80â€šÃ„Ã´s with her band â€šÃ„ÃºDynette Set,â€šÃ„Ã¹ then graced the â€šÃ„ÃºFresh Young Fellowsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ with her vocal presence, and later joined â€šÃ„ÃºThe Pickettsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ in 1990. However, her latest solo effort seems less than inspired. The songs are so disappointingly similar that it is almost impossible to differentiate them on a fourth or fifth repeated listening, even through a classic rock-trained ear. She unarguably has a fine-tuned, country vibrato that adds a rich and appropriate texture to her songs, but her lyrics and melodies lack the creativity that such experience would seem to instigate.
So pop open a cold one with Christy and sing with her about lost loves and runaway dogs, but while youâ€šÃ„Ã´re at it, ask her who said all country songs should sound alike. We know she can do better.