Nick Marino
February 21, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Frustratingly inconsistent, Metropolitan Hotel squanders this songbird’s Martina McBride-esque potential. Wright is endearing on such piano ballads as ”Between a Mother and a Child,” which sets a guilt-trippin’ mama straight. But too often, her sincerity crosses over into cloying earnestness. Even in the metaphor-loving world of country music, there aren’t many singers who could redeem lines like ”I feel like I did all the fixin’ him up/But you moved into our house of love.”

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