|Preconceptions: All I know is Son of a Preacher Man, and I’m not sure I even knew that she sang that until she popped up in Record Club.
After Listening: Well, I was up and down on this record. There are things I like and then things that I don’t really care for. I think that its just a little too damn overbearingly melodramatic sounding at times, and that really bugs me. At the same time, Dusty has a truly beautiful and amazing voice and that kinda keeps me from totally hating anything on the album. Bottom line is that the melodrama threatens to neuter a great voice, and that pisses me off. If I wasn’t so mellow from the oppressively sappy second half of Dusty in Memphis, I might actually pound my fist on my desk about it, or some similarly irrational reaction.
Favorites: Son of a Preacher Man; Don’t Forget About Me
Overall: 3.2 stars