Pam Tillis weighs in on her father Mel's impressive singer/songwriter canon here with a fine collection that is a credit to both generations.
Pam Tillis weighs in on her father Mel's impressive singer/songwriter canon here with a fine collection that is a credit to both generations. The younger Tillis owns a distinctive vocal easily suited to more contemporary material, but she waxes classic country on such personality-loaded cuts as "Burning Memories" and "I Ain't Never," and her rendition of "So Wrong" is languid country lounge. Lesser-known material is often the most pleasing: "Unmitigated Gall" is a driving winner, and the reverb-drenched "Mental Revenge" teems with bitterness and ill will. Not that the more familiar material disappoints, as "Honey (Open That Door) shuffles with authority, and a gentle reading of "Detroit City" is all regretful homesickness in Tillis' hands. Musicianship is aggressive and creative throughout, and Tillis' production works perfectly. A passionate, heartfelt tribute.—RW