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Album Review: Suzy Bogguss – ‘Something Up My Sleeve’

something up my sleeveSuzy’s fifth album was released in 1993. Produced once more by Suzy with Jimmy Bowen, it is a mellow, classy album rather than an overtly commercial one, with AC leanings musically and mature lyrics. Suzy’s crystalline voice sounds beautiful throughout.

The first two singles were top five hits, and both were co-written by the artist. Suzy and husband Doug Crider wrote the philosophical ‘Just Like The Weather’, which has a pretty melody. She wrote the vicacious ‘Hey Cinderella’ with Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, a questioning of real life happy-ever-after which is probably the album’s best remembered song

The remaining singles were less well received. ‘You Wouldn’t Say That To A Stranger’ missed the top 50 but is a thoughtful song written by Doug Crider with Pat Bunch about the harsh words that can be exchanged between lovers. It is a very good song, with a lovely melody.

‘Souvenirs’, an early Gretchen Peters song about drifting through the US, is a very singer-songwritery kind of song about the disillusionment of travelling aimlessly through the US and finding you’re not actually Jack Kerouac. It was probably a bit too downbeat and folky to have a wide appeal; not surprisingly it faltered in the 60s.

Similar in feel, ‘Diamonds And Tears’ is another mature, poetic song about learning from experience, this one written by Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison.

Suzy and Doug Crider teamed up with Steve Dorff for the melancholic unrequited love song ‘You Never Will’, which sounds very pretty with a tasteful string arrangement, and is probably my favourite track. Pat Bunch co-wrote the pleasant but slightly dull ‘You’d Be The One’ and the okay ‘No Green Eyes’ with Suzy and her husband.

‘I Keep Comin’ Back To You’ is yet another mellow sounding ballad, written by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Bill Lloyd. The title track was a duet with labelmate Billy Dean, a rather wimpy tenor who was never a big favourite of mine. It sounds pleasant but unexciting.

It was her last gold-selling studio set. Overall, it is very nice sounding although a long way removed from the traditional sounds of her debut, but few of the songs really stand out.

Grade: B

6 responses to “Album Review: Suzy Bogguss – ‘Something Up My Sleeve’

  1. Michael A. June 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Billy Dean… a rather wimpy tenor. Hahaha. I love that.

    “Hey Cinderella” is probably my favorite Suzy Bogguss song.

  2. Ben Foster June 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    A very vine album – my favorite of all of Bogguss’ mainstream projects. I would probably give it either a B+ or an A-.

    “Hey Cinderella” is definitely a top contender for being my favorite Suzy Bogguss song. I love the clever lyrics and the interesting arrangement. I just love everything about that record.

  3. Leeann Ward June 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Ditto to Ben and Michael regarding “Hey, Cinderella.”

  4. Razor X June 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I found this album exceeding.exceedingly dull.

  5. Leeann Ward June 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I don’t find the album particularly memorable in general, but “Hey, Cinderella” and “Just Like the Weather” are among my favorite Bogguss songs over all.

  6. FanOfCountry March 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

    “wimpy tenor”? Not Billy Dean, that would be Vince Gill.

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