Mindy McCready

A key member of Nashville's late-'90s country grrrl movement, McCready lost momentum at radio after a promising start at BNA, and now resurfaces here on Capitol.

A key member of Nashville's late-'90s country grrrl movement, McCready lost momentum at radio after a promising start at BNA, and now resurfaces here on Capitol. Cuts like "Maybe, Maybe Not," "You Get to Me," and "Be With Me" are sonically busy yet remain interchangeable and vaporous girly anthems. "Lips Like Yours" and "The Fire" are a little more aggressive musically, but are lyrically mind-numbing, and "If I Feel Your Hand" is a snoozer of a ballad. McCready gamely tackles such material as "Scream" and the breathy ballad "Tremble," and when she's got a little more to work with, she's a lot better, as on the softly percolating "Loving Your Man" and the Latin-tinged "I Just Want Love." Once and forever, obligatory steel and fiddle licks do not make a country record. But she sure is pretty.—RW