Personnel: Pam Tillis (vocals), Biff Watson (acoustic guitar), Paul Worley (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals), Bill Hullett (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin), John Jorgenson (acoustic & electric guitars), Larry Byrom (electric guitar), Sonny Garrish, Gary Morse, Bruce Bouton (steel guitar), Blaine Sprouce (fiddle), Steve Nathan (piano, organ), John Hobbs (piano), Anthony Martin (piano, synthesizer, background vocals), Dennis Burnside (organ), Larry Paxton, Joe Chemay (bass), Lonnie Wilson, Paul Leim (drums), Pam Rose, Mary Ann Kennedy, Ashley Cleveland, Vicki Hampton, Dennis Wilson, Stephanie Bentley, Harry Stinson (background vocals).
Recorded at The Money Pit, Nashville, Tennessee.
Pam Tillis had an enviable challenge with Homeward Looking Angel -- topping the critically acclaimed and commercially viable Put Yourself in My Place, an album that spawned four Top Ten singles including "Don't Tell Me What to Do." Tillis' pure, full-bodied country voice can be both a boon and a burden. Some tracks on Angel seem clich‚. On one cut, the retro "Do You Know Where Your Man Is," her genuinely throaty twang feels exaggerated to the point of annoyance. Yet other songs work seemingly effortless magic, including the sultry and sexy "Shake the Sugar Tree," and the wry and telling "Cleopatra, Queen of Denial." These songs, along with Gretchen Peters' ballad "Let That Pony Run" and the title cut -- one of four written by Bob DiPiero -- had no trouble finding their way to the chart heights of their predecessors and insuring Tillis another hit recording. While it may not be as flawless as Put Yourself in My Place, Homeward Looking Angel is a very solid -- and at times even stellar -- successor; it should be seriously considered by anyone who is curious about her music. ~ Roch Parisien & Thom Jurek