Bob Cannon
March 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Speed of Grace

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Matraca Berg
Producers
RCA
genre
Country

We gave it a B+

Matraca Berg is best known as a songwriter to the stars (Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless), but that’s selling her mighty short. This sophomore effort finds Berg cutting her country ties (except for a spacey cover of Dolly Parton’s ”Jolene”), leaning instead toward moody, soft-rock grooves. Although this outing doesn’t match the emotional assault of her 1990 debut, Lying to the Moon, Berg still exhibits understated passion in a voice that can whisper and whoop with equal conviction.

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