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'Rule 62'   

-  Label: 'Six Shooter Records'
-  Genre: 'Alt/Country' -  Release Date: '6th October 2017'

Our Rating:
The assertive womanspeading pose on the CD cover shows Whitney Rose to be a woman who means business.

The business in question for this Canadian ex-pat is what is called a "countrypolitan valentine to Austin, Texas" .

Along the way she demonstrates her full immersion in American culture with tracks like Arizona, Trucker's Funeral and Wake Me Up In Wyoming

Her guiding principles are lifted from Rule 62 of an Alcoholics Anonymous handbook. This stresses the importance of getting a true sense of perspective through humor and humility which she sums up with the motto: "Don't take yourself too damn seriously".

She applies this personal philosophy to the eleven easy-going country pop tunes on her second full length release co-produced by The Mavericks' Raul Malo.

She deals with hook-ups and break-ups with a lightness of touch to suggest that she treats both in a pragmatic manner. I Don't Want Half (I Just Want Out) she declares on the opening track albeit without any real sense of anger or resentment.

In fact, a weakness is that she sounds just a little too laid back for this record to be called truly dynamic.

It's all good driving music though.

Whitney Rose's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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