Patricia Roseman
Shirley Halperin
March 03, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

After becoming one of alt-country’s great female hopefuls, the twang-loving, acoustic-guitar-strumming Tift Merritt is drifting away from her acclaimed sound. On her third CD, Another Country, she competently mixes elements of folk, rock, and soul — embracing her inner Joni Mitchell on sparse lullabies (”Keep You Happy”), then leading a brass charge on bluesy numbers (”Tell Me Something True”). As for her country roots? There’s the occasional splash of lap-steel to appease fans, but not nearly enough for the diehards among them. B-
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