Trisha is one of the most intelligent singers in the business – she could have had a very successful career outside music, if she had never made it as a singer. Trisha realized very early that, providing she included a couple of radio-friendly songs to keep the hits coming, she could fill the rest of each album with songs that she really wanted to record. The results are clear for all to hear on this set, which opens with two catchy songs (the title track and XXX's and OOO's) that both reached number one on the country charts, but then continues with a series of reflective ballads that demonstrate Trisha's true artistry, interrupted by just two more up-tempo songs, Restless kind and I wanna go too far. Highway 101 had previously recorded Restless kind when Nikki Nelson was their lead singer, for their Bing bang boom album. Later, Travis Tritt also covered the song.
Perhaps the best of the ballads are You can sleep while I drive (a cover of a Melissa Etheridge song) and On a bus to St Cloud (written by the brilliant songwriter and under-rated singer, Gretchen Peters). Trisha also does excellent covers of Those words we said (Kim Richey) and Till I get it right (Tammy Wynette). Fairytale (another wonderful song) is an original although I've heard other songs with the same title. O Mexico is yet another brilliant song.
This album was originally issued in Europe with three extra tracks - Two days from knowing, Jackie's house and Bartender blues (a duet with George Jones that appeared on his album, Bradley barn sessions). That edition, which I have, is no longer available. The Australian edition includes all those tracks plus Save the land. If you are fortunate enough to be able to track down one of those editions, you are in for a real treat. If not, there is still plenty worth hearing in the standard American edition.
This album provides a great introduction to Trisha's music and is definitely one of her finest original albums.