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Chris Webster Something in the Water

Charlie Owen

I want to like the CDs people give me. I try not to be unfair and judge them before I listen, because I know that all styles of music have their own value and impact. Everything that is, except country music. Country music is usually best used as a punchline to a bad joke. Or maybe it is the joke. When I think of country music I think of sexy tractors, dead dogs, cheating wives and bad hangovers. What I don’t think of is respectable, uncompromising songs that have meaning. Once upon a time country was cool. The songs were edgy and dangerous and reflected real life and real problems. Now it’s all bubble gum pop, and its disgusting. Look, I can go on forever, but I’ll spare you the grief.Thankfully, there are still country musicians out there who care about their craft and are not worried about selling out Madison Square Garden or getting on the cover of fashion magazines. Chris Webster is one of those people. Her latest release, Something in the Water, is country only in the sense that I wouldn’t know what else to call it. It’s not corny and it’s not clich, so is it really country music after all? This is her fourth solo endeavor, and it’s worth a listen. A solid blend of R&B and classic country, along with a very long list of contributing artists, make this a well-rounded, easy listen. Webster’s voice is sexy and her songwriting is telling and honest, if not aggressive. The title track from the album, in which she tries to find a reason for her undying love of her man, clocks in at almost seven minutes long. That’s a country music no-no. How do you expect to get a seven-minute song on the radio? The good thing about artists like Webster is that she will go on paying her dues and writing great songs even if she is never discovered and exploited by the industry. So give this album a shot, and see for yourself that not all country music is bad.


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