All of This Love (Arista, 1996)
Reviewed by Joel Bernstein
With her latest release, Pam Tillis becomes only the second major female country singer to be sole producer of her own album. Of course, not a whole lot of male singers get to produce their own albums either, so it's less a matter of sexism than a "singer as hired gun" mentality. (Before you go crazy, the first female to do it was Gail Davies.). The important thing , now that she's producing her own albums, is that it doesn't seem to make much difference in the final product, which should be good news to most people. This is a typical Tillis variety pack, ranging from the robust single "Deep Down" to a lovely version of Bruce Hornsby's "Mandolin Rain" to the redneck silliness of "Betty's Got A Bass Boat." Nashville's leading Pun-dit is at it again with "Tequila Mockingbird. " This one, unlike her previous puns, is a gorgeous song that deserved a more serious title. In every other respect, tastefulness continues to be Tillis' trademark, and she's proven that she can put together a fine album on her own.
CDs by Pam Tillis