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Lee Ann Womack

Call Me Crazy – 2008 (MCA Nashville)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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The title track of Lee Ann Womack's first CD since 2005's traditional masterpiece "There's More Where That Came From" should have been the name of that CD because "There's More" was a real risk taker. Womack did wonders with the material there. While not quite the same left field beauty, Womack puts out another excellent batch of music three years later.

The songs work best when Womack opts for the traditional approach. Womack is on the top of her game on songs like If These Walls Could Talk where she sounds like someone who grew up on traditional country in Texas. It probably also helps that Womack had a hand in writing the song, one of four she helped pen. The pedal steel of ace Larry Franklin is so prominent, giving the song even more heartache. Womack continues in the traditional vein with another she helped write Everything But Quits. The song is highlighted by a duet with George Strait with both turning in stellar vocal chops. And the Strait continues on Jim Lauderdale's The King of Broken Hearts, which Strait also recorded. Womack's vocal instrument captures the love pain of the song.

Not everything is so traditional, but Womack also seems comfortable with her musical state of life, meaning she's not going for the commercial jugular. And along with producer Tony Brown, who knows a thing or two about country music, they picked a dozen songs that work for Womack. Maybe you could call Womack crazy for opting to go down that path, but Womack once again thankfully moves to her musical muse.