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Sarah Buxton

Almost My Record – 2007 (Lyric Street)

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

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Downloading music online is growing at a rapid pace, so it's no surprise that Lyric Street decided to release a digital-only package for new artist Sarah Buxton.

Buxton, taking the experience in stride, aptly named it "Almost My Record," and with just five generally contemporary country tunes, there's no room for filler. Buxton wrote Keith Urban's "Stupid Boy" and includes her version. It's much more convincing with a female voice narrating the story of a male character's follies.

"American Daughters" is an autobiographical song about leaving Lawrence, Kan. to pursue her dreams although she "got married way too young." Buxton, now divorced, sings that if she can pursue her dreams, anybody can. "That Kind of Day" and "Love is a Trip" are both light-hearted uptempo songs about dealing with all of the challenges and circumstances that daily life presents.

And "Innocence" might be one of the best songs about reminiscing of young love since Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine."