Honeysuckle Sweet (2005) The line between mainstream country and alt hasn't always been clearly demarcated, but it's avoided altogether by Jessi Alexander, a newcomer who has written singles… 2005-03-01 Jessi Alexander
Music Review

Honeysuckle Sweet (2005)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 01, 2005; Lead Performance: Jessi Alexander

The line between mainstream country and alt hasn't always been clearly demarcated, but it's avoided altogether by Jessi Alexander, a newcomer who has written singles for Patty Loveless and others. Her winsome throatiness takes you to a West Tennessee summer in the lazily ambrosial title track. Only misstep: the tortured domestic ballad ''Unfulfilled.'' Aiming for world-weariness, it instead reveals Alexander as too green to realize the chorus' chief chained-ankles-'n'-hearts simile is right out of the Eagles' ''Those Shoes.''

Originally posted Feb 28, 2005 Published in issue #809 Mar 04, 2005 Order article reprints