May 07, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A-

On Monday nights, she may be Covers Girl, but on record, Vonda Shepard writes herself boatloads of beautiful melodies that are far more spellbinding than the nostalgic cheese they feed her on TV. Check your irony at the door: This piano-pop Ally McBeatific delineates the dangers of dating roguish loners and emerges with ivory, ideals, and glow intact. In By 7:30 you don’t even have to be a woman who loves too much to find the balmlike qualities of her best white-soul ballads restorative. A-

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