CD Review – Suzy Bogguss “Sweet Danger” – Loyal Dutchess Records

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Former country sweetheart Suzy Bogguss was on a serious role early in her career, hit singles, many different awards,including a CMA Horizon award for most promising artist. Then in the middle of the 90’s she decided to take a break to start a family. You would think such a idea would have country music’s blessing, right? Suzy was gone a mere 16 months, while she came back strong, her career didn’t. Two poor selling records found her without a label.

In 2001 Suzy went DIY and created her own label, Loyal Dutchess Records. Under LDR, Suzy released a critically acclaimed swing album and with “Sweet Danger”, she is heading into new country for her, jazz.
Does it work? Sadly, no. While wanting to be a jazz record and actually being one is two different animals.

This CD is straight folk music with very slight jazz leanings. While Suzy is a gifted vocalist, jazz is not a style she can sing. But folk? Holy crow, as a folk album, this is a slice of wonderful music. I look at this CD as a way for Suzy to help us discover her first true love which was folk before she went country.

This is a CD to admire as a once huge mainstream star bravely seeks to blaze her own way…on her own terms. But one piece of advice, next release….less covers, more roots.

Highly recommended

www.suzybogguss.com

Review by Michael Sullivan