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Daniel J. Hamlow
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Followin' A Feelin' continues Sherrie Austin's special brand of country/light-rock fusion, squeezed into ambrosia and and coating one's throat, leaving one refreshed. I've gone for a second cup of Sherrie's ambrosia feeling that way.
The title track shows she hasn't lost her touch in singing a catchy tune. That is followed by her cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene." I haven't heard the original so I can't compare the two, but she sings it with her usual aplomb.
The forlorn "Goin', Goin', Gone," with its fiddle, leans towards but never crosses the border to a traditional country sound. Another ballad along the same vein is the singleworthy "Love Melts Even The Coldest Hearts." The song title is self-explanatory.
In the jazzy "Somethin' Missin' In The Kissin'" there are two motifs in play here: the "no X in the Y" motif as well as the apostrophe game. I mean look at the title--somethin', missin', kissin', wooin'... And as for the other, "oohin' in the wooin'" is my favorite. Not to mention, "no cherry in the pie," or "no butter on the biscuit." Huh, I thought the cherry in the pie was Sherrie. However, on "no chicken in the oven" and "no beef in the stew"--that's actually good--come on, girl, vegetarianism is cool."
One song of romantic dreams being shot down by the arrows of reality. One is "In The Meantime," of a ballerina-wannabe and and aspiring major league star. What can intercept those dreams and crumple them in life's wastebasket? I'll let the chorus answer: "Make the coffee, read the paper/Late for work, dreams will wait 'til later/Get the bills paid, buy the groceries/Take time to stop and smell the roses" To quote the title of a movie, reality bites!
"In Our Own Sweet Time" has got a rollicking lead guitar and a chorus sung in Sherrie's higher sweeter register. It puts anything by Sheryl Crow to shame. Equally catchy and upbeat is "Back Where I Belong," which could also have fit on Love In The Real World.
"Time, Love & Money" shows the down side of living a materialistic, greedy-oriented life. There's one line in there that connected with me: "On Sunday we kneel down and pray/Oh please forgive our selfish ways/Come Monday we're back in the race." That's the reason I stopped believing in God, back in 1983. What was the point in people being neighbourly one day of the week and cheating and backstabbing their fellow people the other six days of the week? As for the rest of the song, there's nothing wrong with wanting more time and love, especially when one uses those two for a dear one, but when it comes to more money, that's where the phrase, "that depends" comes in. For example, having more money and still wanting more for personal greed--that's totally wacko, jacko.
Oh, by the way, it took me a while, but anyone who's confused to what BGV's are after each song credit, it means background vocals.
The songs are less abstract as they were in Love In The Real World, but her pleasant honeyed voice is what makes this album more than just a good followup. Keep on singin', Sherrie, I'll keep buyin'.