Rolling Stone - 10/29/98, pp.76-773 Stars (out of 5)
- "...Carter sharpens her signature sound, singing in a wispy, fluid voice with a much lighter touch than most big-money country stars..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/23/98, p.78
"...the new album...is an artistic leap forward. A cohesive blend of L.A. pop and progressive country, with a steel guitar underscoring Carter's Southern drawl, this CD explores connections missed and made..." - Rating: B+
Personnel: Deana Carter (vocals, mandolin); Ron Huff (conductor); Biff Watson, Darrell Scott (acoustic guitar); Brent Rowan (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); Chris Farren (mandolin, drum programming, background vocals); Larry Franklin (fiddle); Carl Gorodetzky, Pamela Sixfin, Conni Elisor, David Davidson, David Angell, Mary Kathryn Vanosdale, Lee Larrison, Alan Umstead (violin); Bob Mason, Anthony Lamarchina, John Catchings, Julia Tanner (cello); John Hobbs (piano, organ); Steve Nathan (keyboards); Joe Chemay (bass); Greg Morrow (drums, percussion); Tom Roady (percussion); Shawn Allan (drum programming); Matraca Berg, Chuck Jones, Steve Marcantonio, G. LaBeaud (background vocals).
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Gary Rossington, Hughie Thomasson (electric guitar, background vocals); Johnny Van Zant, Rickie Medlocke (background vocals).
Kid Connection: Janet McMahan, Kyle Reeves, Lauren Smyth, Kelsy Morganthaler, Jordan Dockery, Megan Dockery, Rachel Howell, Brittany Hargest, Matthew White (background vocals).
Recorded at Emerald Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Deana Carter (mandolin, background vocals); Rachel Howell, Brittany Hargest, Megan Dockery, Lauren Smyth, Jordan Dockery, Matthew White, Janet McMahan-Wilson (vocals); Jerry McPherson, Brent Rowan (guitar); Darrell Scott, Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Gary Rossington, Hughie Thomasson (electric guitar, background vocals); Dan Dugmore, Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Phil Madeira (lap steel guitar); Chris Farren (mandolin, drum programming, background vocals); Connie Ellisor, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Carl Gorodetzky, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson , Lee Larrison, Alan Umstead, David Angell (violin); Larry Franklin (fiddle); Julia Tanner, John Catchings, Anthony LaMarchina, Bob Mason (cello); John Hobbs (piano, organ); Keith Thomas , Steve Nathan (keyboards); Greg Morrow (drums, percussion); Mark Hammond (drums); Tom Toady (percussion); Shawn Allan (drum programming); Chuck Jones , G. La Beaud, Johnny Van Zant, Matraca Berg, Rick Medlocke, Steve Marcantonio (background vocals).
Recording information: Bennett House, Franklin, TN; Emerald Studios, Nashville, TN; Hit Factory, New York, NY.
Editor: Don Cobb.
Photographers: Glen Rose; Naomi Kaltman.
Arrangers: Deana Carter; Keith Thomas ; Ronn Huff.
With her multi-platinum debut, Deana Carter was hailed as a leading voice of country music in the '90s. With her sophomore album, Carter proves that deep down, she's really a child of the '70s. From the ZZ Top-style boogie guitars that kick off the opening track, "You Still Shake Me" to the funkified groove of "Never Comin' Down" to the cameo appearance by Lynyrd Skynyrd on "The Train Song," Carter proudly wears her musical influences on her sleeve. And who else but Carter, with her sweet, fragile voice, could pull off a remake of Melanie's 1971 hit "Brand New Key?"
But despite these vintage touches, the rhythms, lyrics and Carter's vocals remain determinedly modern. An overwhelming theme of freedom--emotional, spiritual and physical--runs through the album, personified by the female protagonists of tracks like "Dickson County," "Angels Working Overtime" and "Ruby Brown." And such songs as "Michelangelo Skies" and "Make Up Your Mind" are an appealing combination of folk, country and pop. With its surprising blend of genres, textures and songs, EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE ALRIGHT is utterly original, and unlike any country album you've ever heard before..