SHAN­NON McNALLY

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Black Ir­ish ★★★ Compass Records

Fu­elled by a mus­cu­lar rootscoun­try voice that’s a sta­ple of many Amer­i­can singers from Melissa Etheridge to Sha­nia Twain, Shan­non McNally’s de­but comes berib­boned by Rod­ney Crow­ell’s pro­duc­tion, and buoyed by a ses­sion band who know when to lean in and when to give a wide berth. Her lan­guid phras­ing and idio­syn­cratic mix of girl­ish naivete and world-weari­ness an­chor her own Ban­shee Moan and Crow­ell’s

You Made Me Feel For You, both ma­ture, emo­tion­ally ragged snap­shots of life lived close to the bone. But it’s in her choice of cov­ers that McNally dis­ap­points. Her take on Rob­bie Robertson’s It

Makes No Dif­fer­ence brings lit­tle that’s new to a clas­sic song, while Su­sanna and Guy Clark’s Black

Haired Boy is equally bereft of fresh per­spec­tive. A few more orig­i­nal songs would’ve pro­pelled this col­lec­tion all the way home. com­pass­records.com

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