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  • MUSIC ROW MAGAZINE'S REVIEW OF "LIVE CLOSE BY"
    • Timothy (no login)
      Posted Feb 7, 2002 11:12 PM

      K.T. OSLIN
      "Live Close By, Visit Often" (BNA)

      I'm a sucker for K.T. Oslin. Her 'Damn the formats! Full speed ahead!'
      attitude and abundance of personality and talent pulls out the stops for her
      first recording since the 1996 gem My Roots Are Showing. This time she's
      hooked up with Mavericks frontman (and brother-in-arms) Raul Malo to
      co-produce one of the best albums out of Nashville this year. While Oslin
      has won past CMA and ACM
      awards for Female Vocalist of the Year ('87, '88), she's always had more in
      common with, say, Bette Midler than Trisha Yearwood. With, Live Close By,
      she's come up with a delicious mix of lyrically sophisticated songs that are
      by turns witty and mature as well as musically challenging. She's chosen a
      host of excellent co-writers in Malo, Al Anderson, Michael Smotherman and
      Kostas. The
      album is wonderfully produced and arranged, and throughout she brings the
      right amount of brass, class and sass. The clever, Latin-spiced title cut is
      muy caliente! Its Santana-like feel hits the bullseye for divorced women
      wanting a relationship with limits while "Mexico Road" is a fun sister-song.

      Another peristaltic groove permeates "Somebody's Leavin' Somebody," while
      Oslin's been-theredone-that sensibility rides the horn-driven rhythm. A
      pensive organ, acoustic guitar, sax arrangement punctuates the bittersweet
      "Drivin', Cryin', Missin' You," and a little-known Debussy-inspired Kris
      Kristofferson ballad "A Moment of Forever" is a perfect set-up for the
      moving "Maybe We Should Learn To Tango," itself a too-late lesson in
      relationship salvaging. The centerpiece is "Neva Sawyer," a rocky circus
      sideshow with Beatlesesque and jazzy touches about a bad girl. Her Grace
      Jones-meets-Rosemary Clooney take on "Come On-A My House" is made for the
      dance floor. Take a big bite of this one!

      Grade: A-
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