By Jeremy Helligar
Updated December 13, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

Here comes another sensitive female singer-songwriter vying for a spot at the top. But like the battered wife who heads for the promised land in her single ”Birmingham,” Amanda Marshall ”has got miles to go.” Though she drums up momentum with the gently percussive ”Dark Horse,” middle-of-the-road rockers like ”Fall from Grace” and ”Sitting on Top of the World” drag her down. C