Wynonna Judd is one rockin’ country girl. If there was a shred of doubt in your mind, it will be obliterated after a single listening with her new release Sing Chapter 1.
Wynonna has decided to have some fun. She selected a handful of songs that influenced her own passion for music and delivers each one of them with that trademark voice of hers. That voice that can vacillate from the beautiful strains of a country song to the straight up rock and roll of Elvis himself.
The collection is as varied and interesting as the artist herself. It’s a highly entertaining mix that simply blew me away on first spin. From her rocked up rendition of the female empowerment tune “I’m a Woman” to her heartfelt cover of Hank William’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and Haggard’s “Are The Good Times Really Over For Good,” this disc keeps it real, start to finish.
Wynonna simply owns the old Dionne Warwick tune (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David) “Anyone Who Had a Heart.” Man oh man, it is good. Then again, so is her cover of the old Sippie Wallace warning, “Women Be Wise.” I felt like I had stepped into a time machine. So cool.
“That’s How Rhythm Was Born” is another old time classic. I just plain love it. I know it’s almost a cliche, but there are no bad tracks here. Honestly.
Wynonna sounds amazing on the beautiful old standard “When I Fall in Love,” and closes it all out with a breathtaking reading of Rodney Crowell’s “Sing.”
Sing Chapter I has found a long time home in my CD changer. I am so happy to see an artist so identified with country music break down the wall, show another side and strut her stuff. Of course, that’s nothing new for Ms. Wynonna.
-Michael Buffalo Smith