Tammy Faye Starlite has become a notorious New York performance artist because of an overwhelmingly salacious and biased, born-again Christian country rock'n'roll act that is either just blasphemous o

Tammy Faye Starlite has become a notorious New York performance artist because of an overwhelmingly salacious and biased, born-again Christian country rock'n'roll act that is either just blasphemous or hysterically blasphemous depending on one's sense of humor. But whereas music takes second place to shtick at her live gigs, her new disc, on bold Brooklyn, N.Y., indie Diesel Only, works surprisingly well, thanks largely to veteran producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel's Americana touch. Of course, you can't go wrong with covers like Cheap Trick's "Surrender"—featuring Starlite's revised lyrics—or Marshall Chapman's telling "Don't Make Me Pregnant." But originals like the rollicking rocker "(I've Got) Jesus Looking Out for Me" are also worthy.—JB