MP3 Loretta Cooper - New Generation
Classic country, a superb vocalist with a deep appreciation of the honky tonk sound.
12 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Traditional Country, COUNTRY: Country Rock
Jon Weisberger-Review-Country Standard Time
"Big label country music may be getting away from its roos, but out in the clubs of honky tonk America, there''s still plenty of room for country that''s neither soaked in pop infuluences nor single-mindedly backward-looking like some alt. country acts. That''s the kind of music Loretta Cooper & Iron Horse make, and they do a fine job. Mixing well-selected covers of songs from Patty Loveless (Mr. Man In The Moon), Wanda Jackson (This Should Go On Forever) with new material from her band and label, Cooper sings with a solid, no-frills style, nicely supported by a band several notches above competent. Their tasteful yet energetic backing is one of the highlights.
If there is anything of a retro flavor to New Generation, it''s not of the 50''s, but, rather, the 1970''s. Like much of mainstream country then, the arrangements here are firmly grounded in classic styles; "When I''m Lovin'' You" and "Losin'' My Memory" are straightforward shuffles, while "Sad Side Of Happy" echoes a long string of heartbreak waltzes. Yet, there are hints of rhythm & blues on "I Wanna Hear It From You" and rock on "I Just Need Your Love," just as there were on country radio 20 and 30 years ago. Cooper explains it herself on the title track, which both laments the passing of the cultural setting that gave birth to country and accepts it as inevitable. That''s a smart attitude, and it makes for a solid, satisfying album."