Labeled early on as Dwight Yoakam's feminine side, Danni Leigh doesn't do much to distance herself from that image by bringing in longtime Yoakam collaborator Pete Anderson as producer/ musician for t

Labeled early on as Dwight Yoakam's feminine side, Danni Leigh doesn't do much to distance herself from that image by bringing in longtime Yoakam collaborator Pete Anderson as producer/ musician for this fine album. Even so, it's a heck of a nice fit, with Anderson's in-your-face production perfectly capturing Leigh's versatility and charisma. Jim Lauderdale lends vocal support to the most traditional of country cuts like "House of Pain" and "He Used to Say That to Me," and Leigh smolders with authority on the Orbison-esque "My Last Chance Is Gone." Bluesy organ and some nifty acoustic work, along with cool Leigh vocals, propel the rocking "Somebody Oughta Do Something" and the percussive "Don't Feel Like Crying." An expressive singer, Leigh sounds vulnerable on the subtle "A Far Cry From Here" and tough on the thumping "Sometimes." The title cut is a tour de force, with Anderson's scorching guitar, soulful backup singers, and a gutsy performance from Leigh. At 10 cuts, this leaves us wanting more; by far Leigh's best effort to date, and it took an outsider producer and independent label to serve it up. Racked by Koch.—RW