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Revelations – 1996 (MCA)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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CDs by Wynonna

Time off seems did not hurt Wynonna. In fact, Wy hits the mark time and again on her lengthy (the standard 10 songs, but almost 50 minutes!) CD. Her strength always has been her vocal delivery. She sings with a bright, brassy style (particularly the uptempo, soulful "Somebody To Love You" with its driving beat and "Old Enough to Know Better" with Terry McMillan on harp) that reaches the emotional core of the songs of love both of people and God. Judd picked a slew of songs befitting her immense talents. Producer and label head Tony Brown did not stifle Judd. Nor did his hand at the controls result in a disc devoid of emotion and heart, two key ingredients for Judd. Slickness is certainly not a part of her repertoire. Despite the disc's strengths, country fans may be disappointed in the sound more soulful and gospel than straight-ahead country. Those days seem to be behind her for now. Country touches exist ("Don't Look Back" and "Change the World"), but just not very many. Wy is an artist now fully capable of standing alone, laying it on the line and succeeding at nearly every turn.