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Buddy and Julie Miller

  • Love Snuck Up [HighTone, 2004] A-
  • Written in Chalk [New West, 2009] **

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Love Snuck Up [HighTone, 2004]
It's a tribute to their vitality as a couple that the standouts are lovestruck on a collection that combines the better half of their duet do with cameos from their solo albums: the joyous and profane "Little Darlin'," the brave and hopeful "Wallflower," the laughing title tune, and especially the intoxicated "You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast." It's a puzzlement how country convention extracts so much heartbreak from the same pair, which isn't to say that "Dirty Water" and "Out in the Rain" don't bear a credible burden of sorrow. It's a sign of how humanely they define love that they build to a miraculously averted mining disaster and a Pop Staples anthem. A-

Written in Chalk [New West, 2009]
Partners in harmony, partners in sorrow ("Long Time," "What You Gonna Do Leroy"). **