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CD Review: Gretchen Wilson

I Got Your Country Right Here (Redneck)

Country superstar Gretchen Wilson has attributed her success to being "genuine from the get-go." Ain't it the truth. Wilson may have left her hardscrabble trailer-park life behind, but you get the sense it's never left her. The woman who proudly declared herself a "Redneck Woman" on her No. 1 debut rocks hard on I Got Your Country Right Here, her fourth album. The influence of Heart shows, especially on the quasi-metal "As Far as You Know," where she channels Ann Wilson's piercing shriek, obliterating the country influences altogether. Lyrically, Wilson embraces her scrappy side in the rocker "Blue Collar Done Turn Red," where she's defiantly patriotic. "The Earrings Song," a mean slice of stompin' honky tonk, finds her threatening to mop the floor with the woman eyeing her old man. And in "Work Hard, Play Harder," she utters the priceless line, "I'm the first to clock in but the last to pass out." Wilson waxes nostalgic about old-school country in "Outlaws and Renegades," while dismissing sound-alike acts coming out of Music Row. Don't be fooled by the album's title. On I Got Your Country Right Here, Wilson establishes herself as country music's hardest rocking female singer. — Tierney Smith

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