One of the quintessential albums of the 80s
A Sophisticated Reader | Mill Valley, California | 04/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first Lone Justice Album has an edgy, slightly raw feeling that showcases Maria McKee's vocal prowess better than any of her other efforts. While I have everything she ever made this remains my favorite. And the group rocks. I had the privilege of seeing them in an LA club shortly after this album came out and they were fantastic live.
This is one of those CDs that just keeps getting better every time you play it. A must have for any fan of rock music."
Ways to Be Wicked
Julia Collins | Seattle | 01/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this CD after years of fond memories of the album and cassette--it hearkens back to college years. Maria McKee & her band have terrific energy, and this is a perfect soundtrack for cleaning the house, baking, and singing along at the top of your lungs. I've always enjoyed and appreciated this recording for its production value--some impressive special guests, and the song order embodies the best of what an "album" used to be."
Not My Thing
Fred Rayworth | Las Vegas, NV United States | 01/06/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After just a few seconds of the first song, I could tell this is not for me, but since I went through the trouble to burn it to CD, I figured I'd better at least suffer through it and try to be objective.
I'm not a fan of country, or country rock, but I can appreciate the musicians and their artistic ability. So, objectively, this is not bad music, if you like that sort of thing.
The musicianship is top notch, and Maria McKee is super country vocalist. She hits all the right notes and sounds so natural at it.
For a country-rock, or should I say cowpunk album, it rocked just enough that I didn't have an urge to yell "yeehaw" at the top of my lungs, or howl at the moon. So, I can say there was enough rock in there to keep me through the rest of the album.
Seriously, the music and songs are not bad, and for country rock, they blend both genres in a unique way that should have done well for them. The problem was that I didn't hear any real hit material on there. If there was a hit song, I'd never heard it, though it's not likely they would have played it on a metal station!
If you like quirky country rock (or here I go again, cowpunk), this is a good starter album. I hear their second album was much better, but seeing as I don't favor this style, it's not likely I'll ever check it out. Recommended for country rock fans.