Lorrie Morgan has long been the envy of her peers for her lustrous vocal phrasing and the down-to-earth believability of her torchy performances. On songs such as “A Picture of Me (Without You)” and “I Guess You Had to Be There,” she ached with pain. She was feisty and sassy in “Watch Me,” “What Part of No,” “Five Minutes,” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” She has kicked up her stiletto heels in fun on her hits “Except for Monday” and “Go Away.” On her epic song “Something in Red,” she was an anguished, struggling everywoman.
Her new album, Letting Go . . . Slow, can match any of her earlier efforts as her latest performances are among the most vibrant of her career. The album is divided equally between new songs and her reinventions of country classics.
Each of the new songs she has chosen for Letting Go . . . Slow is a small revelation. “Something about Trains” has a highly inventive arrangement and contemplative lyrics, both of which fit this singing stylist like fine couture. “Slow” is a power ballad that she gives a torrid, emotional undertow. “Jesus and Hairspray” is one for the girls, a humorous, upbeat, and highly entertaining ditty incorporating the old aphorism, “The higher the hair, the closer to heaven.”
Morgan cowrote “How Does It Feel” in response to her divorce from singer Sammy Kershaw several years ago. The sublimely country “Lonely Whiskey” is the penultimate barroom weeper. The stunning “Spilt Milk,” in contrast, finds the singer exploring a jazzier tone as she adopts an after-hours cabaret mood.
To record this remarkable return to disc, Morgan reunited with producer Richard Landis. He has helped craft many of her prior hits, as well as acclaimed recordings for Vince Gill, Neil Diamond, Ronnie Milsap, Juice Newton, Eddie Rabbitt, Poco, Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and dozens more.
One of country music’s most versatile talents of the past three decades