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Rosie Flores

Speed Of Sound – 2001 (Eminent)

Reviewed by Rick Teverbaugh

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The key phrase on Rosie Flores' latest should be "everything except the kitchen sink." The problem with that approach on the 10 song-disc is that it has become more and more difficult to find audiences with tastes that broad.

Flores' career has always been about variety and quality over quantity. She has released only 7 solo albums over a 15-year period. But mostly that variety has consisted of a single different feel within each disc as on the 1995 album "Rockabilly Filly" or "A Honky Tonk Reprise" two years later.

There's no doubt that the new disc offers some very fine moments. Fans of her "Filly" leanings will enjoy "Rock-A-Bye Boogie" and "Hot Dog." "Don't Know If I'm Comin' Or Goin'" has a jazz/blues feel, while "Don't Take It Away" rocks out Ст la Bo Diddley or Chuck Berry vein.

One of the most intriguing things about listening to one of Flores' discs is taking note of the composers for her material."Hot Dog" was penned by Buck Owens and "Country Boy" by Johnny Cash. Moving to more contemporary writing, "Somewhere Down The Line" is from Marshall Crenshaw and "I Push Right Over" from Robbie Fulks. Her guest cast is also stellar. Tammy Rogers, Greg Leisz, Mandy Barnett and Gail Davis play and/or sing on the effort.

The biggest problem about this album for the country audience is that there is precious little here that can be accurately called country, either by traditional or contemporary standards. For those with a very eclectic set of music taste buds "Speed Of Sound" will provide an enjoyable ride. All others will feel that they've gone to a food sampler and walked out, somehow, still hungry.