TERRI ALLARD, "Makes
(Reckless Abandon Music)
No losers here
Allard's mastered the art of the Americana ballad
Maybe the most important thing to know about Terri Allard's new
CD is that it charts little, if any, new musical territory. The
Charlottesville singer-songwriter stays right in the middle of
the country-folk trail that she navigated on her previous three
latest provides 10 more arguments (nine originals plus Johnny
Cash's "Get Rhythm") for what her fans already
know and record labels, both big and small, don't get. Allard
has mastered the art of the Americana ballad.
particularly complex about Allard's songwriting.
rely on big sound. This is pretty much an all-acoustic affair,
marked by intelligently subtle use of Gary Green's harmonica,
Jim Taggart's mandolin and Jeff Saine's lap steel. Allard's most
potent weapon is her voice, a sultry combination of sweetness
doesn't rely on big words, hidden meanings or highbrow imagery.
You don't need a thesaurus and an English degree to get the messages
of her love-and-life-gone-right, love-and-life-gone-wrong songs.
not a loser in the bunch. Whether she's being mildly contemptuous
("Price You Pay," "You'll Learn"),
wounded but proud ("Won't Say Goodbye") or romantically
patient ("Happy Endings"), Allard wraps up her
emotions in truly attractive acoustic melodies.
intensity comes on "Bright Day," a tribute to
a late friend. And as a nice little bonus, Mary Chapin Carpenter
helps out with vocal and songwriting assistance on "Anna