Alanna Nash
January 18, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Beth Nielsen Chapman

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Beth Nielsen Chapman
genre
Country

We gave it a C+

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+

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