Alanna Nash
August 02, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Trisha Yearwood

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Trisha Yearwood
Producers
MCA
genre
Country

We gave it an A

It doesn’t hurt that Yearwood sings two of Garth Brooks’ songs on her debut album, Trisha Yearwood, and has him warbling harmony vocals — on ”Like We Never Had a Broken Heart.” But the Georgia-born Yearwood needs no embellishment to shine. A former demo singer with an ear for exceptional material (Kevin Welch’s neo-rockabilly ”That’s What I Like About You,” Jude Johnstone’s elegiac ”The Woman Before Me”), Yearwood, who grew up imitating Linda Ronstadt, also demonstrates technical and emotional authority at every turn. Whether tackling bluegrass, country rock, or ’50s-style R&B, she sings with deeply imagined experience, making herself one of the most exhilarating — and classiest — of newcomers. A

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