Title - 'Letting Go ... Slow'
Artist - Lorrie Morgan
For those not in the know, Lorrie Morgan has been one of the biggest country music stars of the past 20 years, selling more than 6 million albums and scoring more than 15 Top 10 country hits. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Lorrie is recognized as one of the greatest female singers of her generation.
Indeed, Morgan charted her first single in 1978, although she did not break into the top of the U.S. country charts until her 1989 single, 'Trainwreck of Emotion.' Since then, she has charted more than 25 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, with three number one hits: 'Five Minutes,' 'What Part of No' and 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength.'
As aforementioned, she has also recorded more than 15 studio albums and at various points in her life, Morgan has been married to three different country singers: Keith Whitley, Jon Randall, Sammy Kershaw, as well as her relationship with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman that made her a high profile media personality as well, of course.
Entitled Letting Go ... Slow, Lorrie's brand new album is also her first pure country album in six years. It reunites her with producer Richard Landis who produced some of her biggest hits. The album includes beautiful versions of such songs as 'I've Done Enough Dying For Today' and 'Ode To Billie Joe' (which has never been covered by a country artist), as well as new compositions such as 'Slow,' all made timeless by Lorrie's gorgeous vocals.
2. 'Ode To Billie Joe'
3. 'Is It Raining At Your House'
4. 'Something About Trains'
5. 'I've Done Enough Dying Today'
6. 'Lay Lady Lay'
8. 'Spilt Milk'
9. 'Jesus & Hairspray'
10. 'Lonely Whiskey'
11. 'What I'd Say'
12. 'How Does It Feel'
We begin this wonderful, and deliciously captivating throwback-style album with 'Strange,' a track you could easily swear you heard back in the 60's. She backs that up with 'Ode To Billie Joe,' a 1967 song written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry, and then follows that up divinely with both the ballad 'Is It Raining At Your House' and then the snare drum sensation 'Something About Trains.'
The beautiful storytelling of life running through our fingers in 'I've Done Enough Dying Today' is one of the stand out highlights on this album, for me, at least, and is followed by the Bob Dylan classic 'Lay Lady Lay.' A song written by Dylan and originally released in 1969 on his Nashville Skyline album, Morgan's cover is just incredibly rich and heartfelt. Next up is the title track, 'Slow,' before the ballad 'Spilt Milk.'
The upbeat, perfect country song 'Jesus & Hairspray' is up next and brings the album out of a mid-section ballad slump quite brilliantly, but then dives straight back into that genre vein with both 'Lonely Whiskey' and the emotive piano ballad, 'What I'd Say.' The album then rounds out in style with the mid-tempo soul-bearing 'How Does It Feel.'
In closing, this collection of new songs, old songs, deep covers and such is still just the most perfect example of why I fell in love with Lorrie Morgan's voice all those years ago. It still has the strength, vibrancy, and authenticity that is essential for country music today and this new album showcases that to perfection.