Will Hermes
June 07, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bramble Rose

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Tift Merritt
Producers
Lost Highway
genre
Country, Pop

We gave it an B

You’ll hear Lucinda Williams’ wheels on a well-paved road, Sheryl Crow’s Stones throwing, and Emmylou Harris’ breathy balladeering on Bramble Rose, the debut by North Carolina country-pop thrush Tift Merritt. But if the staging feels a tad calculated for the Austin City Limits set, the songs — all Merritt’s own — show some serious talent, while her remarkable voice, more pristine, in fact, than all the above, transcends the merely pretty. Potentially prescient song title: ”When I Cross Over.”

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