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Classic Album Review: Deana Carter | I’m Just A Girl

The country singer-songwriter goes pop in a big way on this cutesy, catchy outing.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


The good news: Country-pop songbird Deana Carter’s new album does not include a cover of the No Doubt hit. The bad news: It doesn’t include anything as memorable as her own mid-’90s hit Did I Shave My Legs For This? Though the latter is not for want of trying.

After failing to make commercial headway with the rootsier sound of her 1998 CD Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, Carter goes pop in a big way this time out, slathering these sunny, Sheryl Crowish adult-pop tunes with plenty of girlish vocals, breezy melodies and crunchy rock guitars. And granted, plenty of these cutesy, catchy numbers — including the title track, Cover Of A Magazine, Eddie and the pop-punky Girls’ Night — are a cut above most of the dreck on the radio these days. Still, it’s hard not to think of Carter as just the latest country starlet willing to retouch her roots for a shot at pop stardom.


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