Whitney Cline has a longing in her voice, the kind you hear in country and blues songs. When the CD opens with “My Addiction,” you get the feeling that the album is going to be an emotional ride about relationships and the people, places and things that make world spin on its axis 24 hours a day.
Cline has some great music to set her vocals to, besides singing and playing the guitar herself, she employs an impressive lineup to help with the 13 tracks on Bring On The Rain. The title track is a real mover of the soul. She emotes significantly-I never knew a piano I liked as much as you/And when I heard you the first time I knew what I knew/Are you a player just like you play those keys/Tickling that ivory tells me that you would bring me to my knees. This is prolific songwriting to be sure and I am not so certain she is singing this song to just the instrument.
This is the sort of album that Springsteen would record if he were the opposite sex-it carries that moody atmosphere colored with the human emotion in ever corner of each song. I am not comparing Cline to the Boss; I just felt that familiar affecting tone sticking to my insides after each song.
After taking you through a particularly heartrending path in her songs, she drops the curtain with “Fade Into Blue,” a song that I think could break into the country charts in a big way if it got a chance. I love the way Cline winds up the album and the song by singing-Blue fades into blue – we are all the same. Yes indeed, we are all the same and if you can appreciate accessible music with some mighty fine lyrics you will enjoy this CD.
June 7, 2005
01. My Addiction (3:33)
02. Ophelia (4:11)
03. Bring On The Rain (4:42)
04. All I Really Want (3:56)
05. Closer To You (4:14)
06. Not Too Long Ago (3:36)
07. This Little Hell (4:05)
08. What (4:40)
09. Perfect Love (3:49)
10. In The Darkness (3:56)
11. The Demon Song (3:52)
12. Simple (4:05)
13. Fade Into Blue (3:58)
Whitney Cline – vox and bg vox, guitars
Marc Doten – bass
Joe Berardi – drums and percussion
Krister Axel – piano, B3 organ
David Guy – guitars
John Kravoza – cello
Dan Potruch – drums (Closer To You, and Simple)
Paul Lacques – lapsteel (In the Darkness)
Sally Smithwick, Joel Eckels, David Guy, Marc Doten,
Carla Rigolin-Hassett, and Renee Stahl – background vox