"Cryin' out Loud" reviews
Emmet Matheson, No Depression, US Roots Magazine - The way McRae delivers the hard-knock facts of life smacks more of deliverance from, rather than resignation to, disappointment. Hoot and Holler is as close as alt-country gets to Peggy Lee. McRae's warmly powerful voice is the bedrock of this album. With one foot in the real world and one in Western folklore, Cryin' Out Loud proves that being well-balanced and interesting aren't musically exclusive.
Peter North, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, AB - Hard-core country has come a-callin'. There's a more economical approach to Linda's writing on this disc which fits snuggly with the way the boys in Cheerful Lonesome spear a song, they make every note and nuance count.
Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Sun, Edmonton, AB - McRae's work since she left the band - and sorry if this offends anyone - transcends that of Spirit of the West. She masters traditional-sounding music, some country, some jazz, some drunken laments continuing on from the exceptional Flying Jenny.
James Reaney, The London Free Press, London, ON - Not too many tales beginning with a kid and an accordion end so cheerful, lonesome and true. It's also true that the accordion has stayed with McRae's music & she plays it - beautifully - on Cryin' Out Loud. Who's sorry now?
Kerry Gold, The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, BC - McRae's songs are quick, hard doses about love, late-night weirdness & mundanity, most of it set to a rollicking, floor-scuffing tempo. Get out the moonshine & take a turn on the dance floor. *** 1/2 out of 4.
Fred Smith, Scene Magazine, London, ON - This record makes you "feel good". It's great to hear someone playing country music that's really country music. B+.
J.P. McLaughlin, The Province, Vancouver, BC - Watch for this to be a big winner at this year's West Coast Music Awards. ****/5.
Brent Hagerman, Echo Weekly, Guelph, ON - With liberal helpings of steel guitar, twang and tremolo it's as Nashville as a Nudie suit & as ya'alternative as a coal miner in a holler with a distortion pedal. Cryin' Out Loud is highly recommended & may prove to be the best roots album of the year.
Mike Regenstreif, Montreal Gazette, CKUT Folk Roots & Branches, Calgary Herald (syndicated) McRae shows that she's spent years absorbing the influences of timeless country artists such as Hank Williams. Some songs, such as The Station, a beautiful minor-key song, sound like they're haunted by Hank's ghost. McRae is a fine singer & Cheerful Lonesome adds just the right amount of drive & decoration. ***.5/4.
Ian Nathanson, Chart Attack, Toronto, ON - Any way you twang it, Linda's a natural at delivering 11 ear-pleasers that prove country doesn't have to be hokey. At times, McRae sounds like she's paying her singing respects to the late, great Patsy Cline. See, some country can be cool.
Kerry Doole, Tandem Magazine, Toronto, ON - This charming Vancouver singer/songwriter has emerged as a fine solo country artist. Her second CD, Cryin' Out Loud, has just been released, and she recently hosted a songwriters night at Rancho Relaxo. Linda was joined by guitar/producer ace Gurf Morlix, Jenny Whiteley, and Buffalo's Jim Whitford. The result was a night of superb honkytonk songwriting and singing. Linda's vocals have a gutsy and lived-in feel.