No Nonsense

Mandrell took a hiatus from recording after a debilitating 1984 car wreck. But whatever she’s been through in recent yearsand her voice seems — throatier for it — she still gravitates toward the airiest of country-pop confections in No Nonsense, such as ”Men and Trains,” in which she yearns for a lover ”who slows in the curves/But can pour on the coal with a lot of reserve.” Even when she sings about deeper concerns, such as the relationship between a mother and child (”I’ll Leave Something Good Behind”), she trivializes the songs with excessive outpourings of melodramatic emotion. Mandrell may have been country when country wasn’t cool, but she’s a middle- of-the-road mama now. D

No Nonsense
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