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Lorrie Morgan

Shakin' Things Up – 1997 (RCA)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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Lorrie Morgan sings with at least lyrical attitude, blazing her own trail. Morgan once again is in fine vocal form. She sings with balls, but not oversinging on the title track. But she also can sound vulnerable ("One of Those Nights Tonight") with a softer vocal touch. Morgan's world is one of independence wanting to "go left when the world goes right."

Sadness comes through loud and clear in "You Can't Take That" about the break-up of a relationship, something Morgan has known well. Ditto for the album's best cut, "I've Enjoyed as Much of This as I Can Stand," co-written by Bill Anderson. In a risky cover of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," Morgan, who co-produced with James Stroud, gives a nice country inflection and favorable reading to the chestnut. Morgan benefits from a group of well chosen songs that by-and-large do not sell out to a pumped-up country sound. There is enough twang, fiddle and pedal steel to go around to satisfy country fans ("Crazy From the Heat," Go Away"). Unlike many other female singers today veering towards pop, Morgan sticks to her roots. Attitude and all.