ALLARD, "Makes No Sense"
(Reckless Abandon Music)
This is the fourth album from Virginia based singer-songwriter
Terri Allard and her first since 1998. Partly this was a matter
of taking time to write an adequate number of quality songs, and
part due to taking time off to have a baby. The CD reflects a
good, fresh, incisive mind and a sweet voice that makes this recording
one of the finest in the past year or more.
is marvelously supported by Mary Chapin Carpenter on their "Anna
Carolyn, " and Gary Green on harmonica, husband Dwayne
Evans on background vocals, and others on bass, mandolin, accordion,
lap steel, drums, violin, and tambourine. The blend of instruments
and Terri's dominant control of the recording and processes makes
for a tight, well-constructed recording.
songs are about relationships and their impact on individuals
- being treated shabbily so that a woman feels like second-hand
damaged goods, being in love to the point of watching dreams go
by, being in a lost relationship with no place to fly, and believing
in happy endings even when there is no objective reason to believe
in them. These are heart-felt songs, tightly written and beautifully
are many singer-songwriters on the folk circuit today. Some can
sing, and some can write
but few can do both well. Terri
Allard is one of the few. Highly recommended. --VKH