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Kathie Baillie

Love's Funny That way – 2007 (Aspirion)

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

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Kathie Baillie, the former lead singer for the trio Baillie and the Boys, delivers an impressive solo album that by her own admission doesn't fit into a genre. The 10-song disc, however, has songs that fit into the genres of folk, pop, adult contemporary and Christian contemporary. Country, however, isn't one of them. Baillie co-wrote three of the songs, and her husband Michael Bonagura produced.

The two best songs come through with a feel that's more coffee shop than honky tonk. They are the poignant "Old Glass Case" where Baillie is joined by her daughter, Alyssa Bonagura, and former Highway 101 lead singer Paulette Carlson. Baillie also covers Vince Gill's "Never Knew Lonely" with Gill on background vocals. Her version comes across with a folk-tinged feel. The New Jersey-born singer shines on the power ballad "Anchor Me," which uses the metaphor of love to a ship and an ocean.

In "One Thing," Baillie sings about how important her daughter is to her life. Touching lyrics and nice theme, but like most of the album, could use a little more zeal.