ALLARD, "Terri Allard"
(Reckless Abandon Music)
Allard's Passion and Craft
to describe her music, singer/songwriter Terri Allard once dubbed
it "progressive, folk, country, acoustic pop." By any
name, it's impressive. On her self-titled debut album, she mixes
poignant balladry and boot-kickin' honky-tonk in a manner that's
sometimes reminiscent of Mary Chapin Carpenter. The resemblance
is especially evident on "Sweet, Sweet, Dreams"
and "Never Ceases to Amaze Me", ballads which
examine emotional yearning and social prejudice, respectively,
with considerable honesty, passion and craft.
course it doesn't hurt that the album's cast includes producer-saxophonist
Bob Read, guitarist Pete Kennedy, drummer Robbie Magruder and
bassist Rico Petruccelli - the latter three being former or current
members of Carpenter's band.
so, Allard's smoky alto and songwriting are distinctive enough
to suggest that she'll have no problem making her own mark in
country-pop circles given half a chance. After all, she's already
made a record that's far more appealing and personal than a lot
of Nashville exports.