Extra Mile (1990) At first listen, Shenandoah seems a mix of Alabama and Restless Heart, a country-pop blend of lively melodies, tight vocal harmonies, and sentimental lyrics revolving… Shenandoah Country
Music Review

Extra Mile (1990)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Shenandoah; Genre: Country

At first listen, Shenandoah seems a mix of Alabama and Restless Heart, a country-pop blend of lively melodies, tight vocal harmonies, and sentimental lyrics revolving around the Southern experience. But the band goes beyond Alabama's jingoistic flag-waving and Restless Heart's vapid mood-brighteners to showcase intelligent ballads and jaunty rhythm numbers. Shenandoah is mainly a radio act-its songs, while thoughtful and well crafted, are unflinchingly commercial-but lead singer Marty Raybon's soulful baritone never overstates the tender/tough reflections on idealized love (''She's a Natural''), settling down (''Puttin' New Roots Down''), or fatherhood (''Daddy's Little Man'').

Originally posted Oct 18, 2002 Published in issue #17 Jun 08, 1990 Order article reprints