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Gretchen Wilson

Here For The Party  Hear it Now

RS: 4of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4.5of 5 Stars

2004

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"I'm an eight-ball-shooting, double-fisted-drinking son-of-a-gun," brags Illinois' Wilson. On this debut, her vocals are just as brassy as her attitude, but she also proves you can be sandpaper-raw and still be complicated. There isn't a wasted song on Here for the Party, and there's no country persona she can't inhabit: Her hot-rod mama ("Chariot") and woman scorned ("What Happened") are just as impassioned as her turns as moral arbiter ("Homewrecker") and humble mother ("Pocahontas Proud").

JON CARAMANICA

(Posted: Jun 24, 2004)