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Love in a Small Town
Genres: Country, Pop
By her third country album, K.T. Oslin wanted to shape the maturity and wit of her earlier efforts into a more mainstream sound. Unfortunately, the scheme backfired: Love in a Small Town is her least successful release. St... more »
By her third country album, K.T. Oslin wanted to shape the maturity and wit of her earlier efforts into a more mainstream sound. Unfortunately, the scheme backfired: Love in a Small Town is her least successful release. Still, no other singer so poignantly captured the obsessions of upscale divorcees as Oslin, who was 47 at the time. Her goal was to describe life in a small town through musical vignettes about women of different ages. Small Town has its charms, as in Oslin's wistful yet strong "Come Next Monday," the album's lone hit. It also includes two covers, "Love is Strange" and "You Call Everybody Darling," which provide fitting commentary on her original tunes. It's an interesting, if flawed, demonstration of her unusual talents. --Michael McCall
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Ada June T. from COSBY, TN
Reviewed on 8/7/2006...
Life in KT's Small Town is Anything But Boring
T. Yap | Sydney, NSW, Australia | 05/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album brings you into the life of a small town carefully crafted by one of country music most interesting diva. Ms Oslin brings us into the lives of two lonely couple who never meet in "Willi and Mary," she sits with you in a lonely tavern in "Two Hearts," and she can also kick off her heals as she sashays down the dustfloor recalling her own wild days in "Momma was a Dancer." Although KT can be found as a writer or co-writer in most of these songs, each of them has been so intricately crafted that they all posses individualities of their own. KT also proves she can do a cover song in style. This is evident in the classic "Love is Strange," in which KT gives it a slow sensous interpretation while she gets extremely witty in a live recording of "You Call Everybody Darling." But my personal favorite has to be "New Way Home," a slow pensive ballad of heartbreak as the protagonist of the song has to take a different road home in order to avoid the heartbreak of seeing her lover with another man. Heartbreak has never sounded that good. All in all this is a classic album that you can cry with, dance with and laugh with. For in KT's small town there is always something fresh, something exciting and it is anything but boring."
jch_indiana | Indiana, USA | 04/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"KT's trademark charm and stunning insight into the lives of ordinary people make for quite a sophisticated product. Oslin's simple lyrics are cleverly crafted through simile, metaphor, and alliteration, making interesting character studies out of every- day people. Musically, the easy country/pop style occasionally lets out a twang, especially on "Cornell Crawford" and "Momma Was a Dancer." KT's ballads ache with loneliness and her artistry rises far above the norm for country music. A must-have."