Tucker, Tanya / Sweet Western Sound
Album: Sweet Western Sound   Collection:Country
Artist:Tucker, Tanya   Added:Feb 2024
Label:Fantasy Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2024-03-03 Pull Date: 2024-05-05 Charts: Country/Bluegrass
Week Ending: May 5 Apr 28 Apr 21 Apr 7 Mar 31 Mar 10
Airplays: 4 2 2 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 01, 2024: The Iron Skillet
4. May 22, 2024: Comes to Mind
Breakfast in Birmingham (Feat. Brandi Carlile)
2. Jun 01, 2024: Music Casserole
That Wasn't Me
5. May 15, 2024: That's not Bluegrass
The List
3. May 29, 2024: That's not Bluegrass
The List
6. May 08, 2024: That's not Bluegrass
Breakfast in Birmingham (Feat. Brandi Carlile)

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2024-02-25

A big 1970s star, Tanya Tucker had nearly disappeared before her 2019 album While I’m Livin’ launched a comeback. Now here’s the follow up. While good, IMO this isn’t as strong end-to-end as that last one: there are several winners & a few misses here. Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jenning are producing again, with songwriting contributions from them, and from Tim & Phil Hanseroth (of Carlile’s band), Bernie Taupin, and others.

FCC clean

1 Billy Joe Shaver crooning about Tanya, perhaps on her answering machine (0:50)
2 ** mid-slow ballad. The lead single is a worthy sequel to “Bring My Flowers Now”. It’s a heartfelt ask for kindness from someone who’s been through some stuff. (3:21)
3 *** mid-tempo folk rock. Co-written by Carlile & Bernie Taupin; the lyrics are as good as you’d expect. The people in heaven are a Black country-soul singer & a white gospel singer, both from Alabama. Love that. A banjo, guitars & steel guitar are all terrific. (3:30)
4 * slow. tear jerker by Jennings. Strong singing with moving piano, stee & choir (4:09)
5 * slow. tear jerker by Tucker & Carlile. autobiographical? piano, steel & choir (4:01)
6 * mid-fast, peppy. Sure I’ve made mistakes but I can live with myself just fine. (4:02)
7 A tribute to Linda Ronstadt, spoiled by cloying over-production. (4:04)
8 mid-slow. written by JT Nero (of Birds of Chicago); sorry this one just drags (3:17)
9 * slow. Tucker gamely covers a Brandi Carlile song about recovery & redemption, with a gospel feel. This is not at all bad, but pales next to Carlile’s stunning original. (3:51)
10 A maudlin tale of a washed-out rodeo rider. It’s like 70s C&W. Fade it out at 3:30 …
(hidden track) … or be prepared for a short reprise of track #1 (4:03 total)

Track Listing
1. Tanya   6. The List
2. Kindness   7. Letter to Linda
3. Breakfast in Birmingham (Feat. Brandi Carlile)   8. City of Gold
4. Waltz Across a Moment   9. That Wasn't Me
5. Ready As I'll Never Be   10. When the Rodeo's Over (Where Does the Cowboy Go?)