It's all very melodramatic stuff, but Vonne makes it work - partly because she pairs it with locomotive grooves, and partly because she believes it to the core. Not many songwriters would dare to offer a line like "Don't mess with Texas or a green-eyed girl," but at her heightened level of reality, it's strangely plausible, kind of like the cantina-scene dialogue in Desperado.
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It's rare to find an artist able to shift so convincingly from singing in Spanish over lilting Latin rhythms to singing in English over a roots-rock track. Ultimately, this album is so strong you'll find yourself forgiving Vonne for naming one song (a Johnny Reno tribute) "Sax Maniac" and naming another after Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks.
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