Chris Willman
March 15, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

It's Good, Eve

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Vonda Shepard

We gave it an A-

Vonda Shepard isn’t just Jackson Browne’s backup singer and current opening act. She’s a potential inheritor of his old-school mantle — which is to say, piano-based, baby-faced, supple-voiced singer-songwriters rarely get any better than this. Shepard’s studio rap sheet may prepare you for the sweet white-soul melisma of her delivery on It’s Good, Eve, but the surprise is in the gorgeous harmonic sophistication of her original ballads, from breakup laments as pointed as ”Long Term Boyfriend” to smartly written odes d’amour such as ”Like a Hemisphere.” A-

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