In Full View (Reprise, 1995)
Reviewed by Dan Kuchar
This is the debut album by singer/songwriter Victoria Shaw. You may not recognize her voice, but she is one of Nashville's top songwriters having songs such as Garth Brooks' recent hit, "She's Every Woman" and "The River," and John Michael Montgomery's hit "I Love The Way You Love Me." Shaw proves she's no slouch in the singing department either. The sound of the album, delayed about a year and partially re-recorded, is a smooth mix of pop, rock and country styles. With bright up-tempo tunes like "Love On Down The Line" and "Single Mother," she proves that she's not just a balladeer. Still, her ballads "Forgiveness" and "Small Talk" are the highlights. The music and production are solid, and she gets a little background vocal help from pals Brooks and Billy Dean. Although her co-writers on this effort are all Nashville's elite, none of the songs are quite as powerful as the ones she has penned for other artists, although some get pretty close.