Ken Tucker
March 28, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

Blue Roses From the Moons

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Nanci Griffith
Producers
Elektra
We gave it a C-

Sometimes Nanci Griffith uses her thin, warbly voice as an ironic counterpoint to tough-minded lyrics and music, but too often — as on all of Blue Roses From the Moons — her delicacy drains her material of strength and passion. The work here (well-crafted with her Blue Moon Orchestra band, as well as Buddy Holly’s Crickets) is, in a word, wimpy. She’s the only singer who can make Bobby Fuller’s ”I Fought the Law” sound like a tussle over a parking ticket.

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