By Whitney Pastorek
September 23, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT
Randee St. Nicholas

The 25-year-old expands her vision beyond shooting/burning down stuff, and makes a glorious leap into maturity. She’s found stylistic shades of songwriters twice her age, while maintaining her own bratty Texan flair. With themes of sin and forgiveness, regret and acceptance, loss and grown-up love, Revolution is a portrait of an artist in full possession of her powers, and the best mainstream-country ? album so far this year. A

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