Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music Image

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  • Summary: Laura Cantrell covers songs by country music's first female star, Kitty Wells, on her fourth full-length release.
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  • Record Label: Spit & Polish
  • Genre(s): Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Honky Tonk
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 17, 2011
    Impeccably tasteful, Kitty Wells Dresses is no mere museum piece. It deserves to rest in an enthusiast's country collection somewhere among, say, Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard and Del Shannon Sings Hank Williams.
  2. Aug 1, 2011
    The result is a finely crafted album that recalls the vintage sound of country music past.
  3. May 17, 2011
    Cantrell's voice bears an affinity to Wells's, but it's her ability to capture what she points to as most affecting about her predecessor--the simultaneous restraint and emotiveness of her singing--that makes this tribute fittingly evocative.
  4. May 17, 2011
    Cantrell's all-too-brief Kitty Wells Dresses contains its object's sense of sophisticated vocal economy that still conveys the power of truth in the human heart with elegance and grace, making it a fitting tribute for all the right reasons.
  5. Uncut
    May 20, 2011
    Cantrell'a sprightly tribute LP is beautifully rendered, her bell-pure voice and the chops of Chris Scruggs, Fats Kaplin and Lambchop's Mark Nevers lending old songs a new, urban sophistication. [May 2011, p.92]
  6. May 17, 2011
    It's something of a connoisseur's collection (steering clear of some of the big hits such as Release Me) but has treasures such as Making Believe.
  7. Mojo
    May 18, 2011
    Cantrell's voice exudes greater purity than Wells's and she has some tricks up her sleeve, one being an original that gives the album its title, a song that namechecks Wells and other country icons such as Maybelle Carter and Martha Carson. [Jun 2011, p.105]

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