Jeremy Helligar
October 03, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Long Stretch of Lonesome

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Patty Loveless
genre
Country

We gave it an A-

In a genre where artists mostly rely on outside songwriters, Patty Loveless attracts the best of the bunch. Offering more than the country staples in Long Stretch of Lonesome, her latest smartly explores near-existential concepts, from blind faith and romantic doubt to destiny and middle-age blahs. Most refreshing is how Loveless’ Appalachian blues sound torchy with hardly a hint of twang. A-

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