Having achieved platinum success in the late 1980s, K.T.

Having achieved platinum success in the late 1980s, K.T. Oslin returns to the country scene with a vengeance, via a fortuitous pairing with producer and co-writer Raul Malo (of the Mavericks). Classy and brassy, musically adventurous and stylish, Live Close By, Visit Often is a joy from start to finish. The first single, the title track, is classic Oslin, an ode to the independent lifestyle conveyed with insinuating horns, soulful backup vocals, and a boatload of attitude. Oslin is a strong vocal presence on such softly swaying ballads as "I Can't Remember Not Loving You" and "Drivin', Cryin', Missin' You," both refreshing in their lyrical maturity and understated approach. The Malo/Oslin composition "Somebody's Leaving Somebody" is a percussive portrait in understated cool, and "Mexico Road" is a funky Latin shuffle. This record is a triumphant return for Oslin, as well as quite a testament to Malo's skills as a producer and collaborator.—RW