Bonnie Whitmore: There I Go Again
Bonnie Whitmore and her Sultry Southern voice and rapier wit are surrounded by friends, family and bevy of instruments on second solo album There I Go Again. The ten song roots country pop collection features the many talents of The Mastersons; the husband/wife band of sister Eleanor Whitmore and guitarist Chris Masterson, as well as George Reiff on bass and Falcon Valdez on dynamic drums and percussion. Masterson is the chief architect of the sound as he not only produced and engineered the album, he plays some great earthy guitar solos and layers in pedal steel and ganjo (a six string banjo). Eleanor Whitmore adds lurid violin lines, dulcet mandolin counterpoints and the perfect vocal harmonies that only a sister could provide.
Whitmore boldly declares “It may not sound like it to you ,but it means the world to me, cause it’s my symphony,” on the lover’s lament built on a strong country two step “Cryin’ Out For Me,” summing up the crux of the album. Country fans will enjoy the ready made sing along pop feel of the title track and the uplifting anthem “Reckless And Young,” which are reminiscent of the Dixie Chicks and Sheryl Crow. Whitmore does offer more to sink our teeth into with the slow burning seduction of “Colored Kisses,” and delves into the psyche of unrequited love for the expansive “Too Much Too Soon.” The sisters trade vocal barbs on defiant and deep grooving track “The Gavel,” shaking the rafters loose indeed. The album closes with the intimate acoustic ballad “Be the Death of Me,” with Whitmore whispering her hopes and fears into a lovers ear.
Originally Published at Innocent Words Sept 2013 : http://innocentwords.com/bonnie-whitmore-there-i-go-again/
Rick J Bowen