Moment of Truth

Genre: Country; Lead Performer: Suzy Bogguss; Producer (group): Capitol

Suzy Bogguss’ debut, Somewhere Between, was perfect testimony that country albums could aim their sights toward commercial radio and still concern themselves with matters of integrity. The songs on the follow-up, Moment of Truth, aren’t quite as gritty, but Bogguss remains a revelation, a singer of remarkable clarity, poise, and intonation, with the additional gift of sure emotional directness. On the torchy blues of ”Burning Down,” the ballad ”As If I Didn’t Know,” and the sensual ”Friend of Mine,” Bogguss displays an especially authoritative presence, and a promise to develop into one of country’s brightest stars. B+

Originally posted December 14 1990 — 12:00 AM EST

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