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Kathy Mattea: Walking Away A Winner (Phonogram)

Michele Kirsch, Vox, June 1994

THE TITLE speaks volumes for Mattea's earthy alto, which swells with cola-commercial can-do positivity, even on the sad songs. While this is a vocal quality that might grate in say, the rock genre, it's refreshing in Mattea's easy access, radio-friendly Country music. It's more the sort of soundtrack to drive trucks to than drown in beer with, in keeping with Mattea's first big hit in this country, 'Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses'.

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