Lari White - Don't Fence Me In
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Don't Fence Me In (RCA, 1996)

Lari White

Reviewed by Richard McVey II

They say the third time is the charm, and for Lari White, this third album is just that. With grittier-style vocals, a lot of attitude and definite musical growth, White offers up an album that has finally seen her come into her own on this 14-cut project (although the CD only lists 13). Be prepared to wear a seat belt when listening to the latter version of "Don't Fence Me In," "Wild At Heart" and even "Ready, Willing and Able." Mixing things up a little bit, she relates a classic country-style song with "Something Blue," and precedes it with a little R&B in "Next To Love." As if that's not enough, she throws in some hard-core blues with a short and long version of "Soul Searchin' Blues." The few songs that fall short are generally because they stand as transition songs or are overly-produced like "The Test." Overall, it's the roller coaster ride that Lari White fans have been waiting for.

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