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Tears of Fire

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Tears of Fire

Current Status:
In Season
Tammy Wynette

We gave it a B

Before Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette was the premiere purveyor of woman-to-woman material, speaking to and for blue-collar housewives who ached for romantic release, if not D-I-V-O-R-C-E. Wynette delivered her songs with a cry that conveyed a universe of suffering, yet her real popularity came from her willing-ness to share her domestic torment. Volume one of Tears of Fire covers her unhappy early marriages and honky-tonk phase (”Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”). Volume two incorporates her lusher pop sound (”You and Me”) and highlights her successful duets with — but unsuccessful marriage to — George Jones (”Golden Ring”). And volume three shows her transition from hit-maker to icon, including work with dance rappers the KLF (”Justified and Ancient”). Even if Wynette’s music has lost its competitive edge since the 1970s, her still-sobbing voice still carries a hint of barely contained tragedy. B