CAR­LENE CARTER

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JOE BREEN

The ti­tle comes from the phrase “what doesn’t kill you makes you . . . ” Read­ing through the grim de­tails of the life of this on­ceglit­ter­ing off­shoot of the Cash dy­nasty, it was clearly a close thing. Fol­low­ing a promis­ing ca­reer in the 1980s, Carter saw her life fall apart un­der the weight of dodgy re­la­tion­ships and even dodgier habits. Her life reached a nadir when her part­ner (Hearts­breaker’s drum­mer Howie Ep­stein) OD’d, closely fol­lowed by the death of her mother, June Carter Cash, her sis­ter and her step­fa­ther. All this has been dis­tilled into this ad­mirable col­lec­tion of songs, which man­age, some­how, to keep the sunny side out, whether it be punchy coun­try-pop rock and more tra­di­tional coun­try fare. Carter’s story is there for those who like the de­tails, but this is ac­tu­ally a heart­en­ing story of sur­vival, cel­e­brated in the duet, It Takes One to Know One, with her new hus­band, Amer­i­can ac­tor Joe Breen (no re­la­tion). www.car­lene carter.org Down­load tracks: Why Be Blue, I’m So Cool, It Takes One to Know One

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