Melissa Rawlins
August 06, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

John Mellencamp’s stage violinist bloomed late, from be-seen-but-not-heard American Girl seeds into a tell-you-what-you-need-to-hear Riot Grrrl hybrid. But growing pains can be a good thing. On Lisa Germano’s second album, Happiness, the singer-songwriter’s fiddling nicely enhances the countrified rock, which is quirky support for pressure-cooked one-liners like ”If I was a puppet we’d get along just fine.” B

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