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Rosie Flores

  • Rosie Flores [Reprise, 1987] A-
  • After the Farm [HighTone, 1992] A-
  • Once More With Feeling [HighTone, 1993] Neither

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Rosie Flores [Reprise, 1987]
From the person or persons responsible for Dwight Yoakam comes this former Screamin' Siren and unheralded neonothingist. Her slightly husky voice one-third promise and two-thirds self-respect, she doesn't even know how to put on airs about not putting on airs. All she does is deliver ten songs that are worth her while, which from Reba McEntire or George Jones these days would qualify as a miracle. And once in a while bassist and occasional songwriter James Intveld contributes a harmony. Gram and Emmylou in reverse--a touch I like. A-

After the Farm [HighTone, 1992]
Formal imagination quotient: zero. She's not even pure country like the last time somebody paid her to put out a record, back in '87--just L.A. country-rock with a barely perceptible edge. But the catch in her voice has gotten so husky you want to give her a squeeze, and she writes more good songs about the usual thing than any of the young hunks who've given Nashville delusions of grandeur in the interim even bother to sing. Guess her problem is that she's kind of uppity--for a girl. A-

Once More With Feeling [HighTone, 1993] Neither