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Beth Nielsen Chapman Chapman, whose songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, and Highway 101, emerges on her Nashville debut, Beth Nielsen ChapmanBeth Nielsen ChapmanCountry Chapman, whose songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, and Highway 101, emerges on her Nashville debut, Beth Nielsen Chapman1991-01-18
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Beth Nielsen Chapman

Genre: Country; Lead Performer: Beth Nielsen Chapman; Status: In Season

Chapman, whose songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, and Highway 101, emerges on her Nashville debut, Beth Nielsen Chapman, as a kind of Carole King for the ’90s, though her voice is more akin to Judy Collins’. An accomplished keyboard player, Chapman waxes sentimental about the fragility of life and relationships, and on the buoyant strength of the human spirit. Although she is capable of painting indelible images, her slice-of-life tunes, wrapped in jazz-pop arrangements, are overwrought with poetic metaphor and poop out sooner than they should. C+

Originally posted January 18 1991 — 12:00 AM EST

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