Carly Goodwin's debut album showcases a serious talent with enough vocal chops to entice a duet with Willie Nelson on the latter's classic "Crazy."

Carly Goodwin's debut album showcases a serious talent with enough vocal chops to entice a duet with Willie Nelson on the latter's classic "Crazy." Carl Jackson's production brings insistent percussive and acoustic elements to such spritely cuts as "Just Another Mountain" and the hopeful "New Night Dawning." At 23, Goodwin's voice owns impressive range and personality on uptempo cuts like "Destination Heartache" and endearing tone and tremolo on such midtempos as the easy-rollin' "High on a Mountain." Elsewhere, "Until Then" and "Still Too Blue" are stone-country ballads in a Patty Loveless style. Likewise, the piano-based "Homecoming Day" is a gorgeous torch song, and "Baby Come Back Home" is a passionately rendered, if somewhat clichéd, tearjerker ballad about a soldier's wife that could have huge appeal these holidays. Racked by Bayside.—RW

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