As one of many artists to break during the late-80's, early-90's boom in country music, Suzy Bogguss has shown incredble endurance in a shaky industry, which is now made up of nothing but manufactured stars who are here today, gone tomorrow.
Suzy had consistant country radio hits between 1989 and 1994 ("Outbound Plane," "Aces," "Just Like the Weather" to name a few), and was definitely in the "alternative country" vein that was so popular during that time. All of a sudden, the tides turned, and country radio became very "white-bread" and narrow, and Suzy's winning streak at radio ended. She would have a moderate hit here and there ("No Way Out" in 1996, "Somebody to Love" in 1998) but it was her albums, which had become more experimental than commercial like her 1991-1994 releases (which were still very well done, and "left of center" compared to what was being marketed at the time from Garth, Reba, and George), that stood out.
Every album that she has released since 1996's "Give Me Some Wheels" has been strong, creative, and each completely different from the last. Now we have "Swing" - appropriately titled after the kind of music it features. A good mix of western swing (ala Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, who produced the album) and classic dancehall swing, with only the smallest trace of 'country' if any at all.
Suzy's rendition of Nat King Cole's "Straighten Up and Fly Right" is pitch-perfect, and her take on "Comes Love" will stick with you for hours. "Burning the Toast" is also lots of fun - those three are my personal favorite tracks. The rest of the album holds up very well and is well mixed. This is a great album to put on while cooking, or when you have a home-dinner date. And of course, it's great the cut up the dance floor with.
It's a great companion piece to Suzy's recently released "20 Greatest Hits" if you're new to Suzy's music - so you can get the best of the past, and preview what's the come.
Very classy and non-gimmicky. I highly doubt it will take Suzy back into the mainstream at radio, but frankly, all radio sucks these days - let's hope she does get the recognition she deserves, however.
Do not miss out on "Swing" :-)