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rnrnEver since Joni Mitchell spread her free-verse wings, many a female singer-songwriter has tried to master the introspective idiom only to sink into the swamp of banality or shoot off into some chilly, abstract emotional ozone. But Shawn Colvin stays aloft above her own inner geography by combining a gift for describing fragile, passionate and anxious states of mind with a dense, low, percussive sound that is both rhythmic and muscular. Steady On, her 1989 debut, may have been filled with dead-of-night images of broken china, women in flames and insomnia, but Colvin\'s thick weave of acoustic, twelve-string and electric guitars bespoke a determination that was anything but ruined.rnrnThe followup, Fat City, is a fatter, happier record, the story of joy tenuously found that begins "Please, no more therapy." The problem, of course, with happiness is that it lacks the dark bite of misery, but Colvin\'s great skill is her ability to convey the ambivalent wonder of meeting happiness as if for the first time. "Polaroids," which opens the album, is a digressive series of snapshotlike images that ends in a dream "of lovers who walked the plank/Out on the edge of time," who then go "overboard." Like Thelma and Louise flying over the Grand Canyon, where exactly they\'re going is up in the air.rnrnOn the exuberant "Tennessee" and "Object of My Affection" or the low-down smolder of "Set the Prairie on Fire," the optimism is matched by a rolling, country-tinged music-scape; elsewhere, as in "Orion in the Sky" or "Round of Blues," folk and bad memories – "all the sad, sad things we\'ve done" – creep back in together. But "I Don\'t Know Why," the lullaby at the tail end of the record, offers the odd comfort of its title: Despite all the warnings, hope happens. (RS 647)rnrnrn4 Starsrnrn- rollingstone.comrnrn
rnrnFor her second album, Shawn Colvin took a temporary break from longtime collaborator and producer John Leventhal, teaming up instead with Larry Klein. And while the strongest songs — "Tennessee," "Climb On (A Back That\'s Strong)," and "Object of My Desire" — are Colvin/Leventhal collaborations, credit should be given to Klein, who incorporated a glossy, more dynamic production and top-notch session players for a stronger and more accessible album. In addition to turning in a strong batch of songs, Colvin shows much more diversity, tackling everything from rootsy rockers to more sensitive folk ballads with equally passionate delivery. "I Don\'t Know Why" (the first song she wrote) and "Round of Blues" both found considerable success in adult contemporary radio formats, adding to her growing fan base. rnrn4 StarsrnrnrnrnArtist: Shawn ColvinrnAlbum: Fat CityrnDate Of Release: 1992rnGenre: Folk Rock, Folk Pop, Singer-SongwriterrnBitrate: VBR --alt-preset extreme