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The last several months have been a time of great loss in America, and sadness has long been a prevailing theme in real country music. While a number of country releases following 9-11 were quickly modified to include some flag-waving, uplifting inspirational anthem, Amy Allison's latest CD focuses on the subjective emotions resulting from the foibles of love -- each of its 12 originals a product of her own personal experience.

The daughter of jazz legend Mose Allison, Amy has found her own niche in the New York City country underground, where her evocative, emotional songwriting is uniquely complemented by her unusual vocal style. In some cases, the lyrical pathos runs a bit deep, but Allison tempers her self-centered pity party with enough subtle humor to let the listener know it's not as bad as it seems in her world.

Allison has one of those "little girl" voices, categorically similar to Kasey Chambers (but without the power) and Julie Miller (but without Buddy). Her vocal approach is bound to generate a reaction -- but love it or hate it, it fits perfectly with the material. Allison is backed by Greg Leisz, Neal Casal and other fine musicians, and their gentle accompaniment serves her well. Whether she's "Listless and Lonesome," lost in a "Sad State of Affairs" or wondering "Where Did You Go?" Allison is one Sad Girl.


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