0n this, her third CD, singer songwriter Terri Allard sounds
intent on displaying the full range of her talents. The album
is marked by a series of folk, country and noir-ish mood shifts,
the sound is jacked up at times, and the best lyrics are clever,
thoughtful and poignant by turns.
some tracks easily overshadow others. "Reckless Abandon,"
for example, is clearly among Allard's finest songs. Indeed,
when Allard delivers this emotionally taut ballad, which concerns
a middle?aged woman who thirsts for some excitement in her life,
it's easy to see why some folks have developed a habit of mentioning
her name in the same breath as those of Mary Chapin Carpenter
and Lucinda Williams. Allard still' has a way to go before such
comparisons are entirely justified, but "Reckless Abandon"
isn't the only indication of her worth. A companion piece called
"Forbidden Fruit" and the lover's lament, "Words
You Can Not Say," offer further proof of Allard's sharp
and sensitive songwriting. Moreover, she delivers these and
other tales in a voice that makes them seem all the more real
form, Allard has also surrounded herself with a fine cast of
musicians, including Robin and Linda Williams, who lend their
voices to the album's buoyant on the road anthem, "We'll