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Honeysuckle Sweet

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Honeysuckle Sweet

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Jessi Alexander

We gave it a B

The line between mainstream country and alt hasn’t always been clearly demarcated, but it’s avoided altogether by Jessi Alexander, a newcomer who has written singles for Patty Loveless and others. Her winsome throatiness takes you to a West Tennessee summer in the lazily ambrosial title track. Only misstep: the tortured domestic ballad ”Unfulfilled.” Aiming for world-weariness, it instead reveals Alexander as too green to realize the chorus’ chief chained-ankles-‘n’-hearts simile is right out of the Eagles’ ”Those Shoes.”