12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There are oblique hints about the ups and downs of Crystal Bowersox’s career on All That for This, her well-realized sophomore album. When the attention she earned on American Idol didn't translate to mainstream country success, she returned to her folk-pop roots and began to write songs more reflective of her tastes. With the help of producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Bowersox turns All That for This into an ode to resilience, acknowledging her bruised dreams while nurturing hope for the future. “Dead Weight” and “Amen for My Friends” are among the tracks that reaffirm the good things in life while exploring the looser edges of acoustic country. Crisp horns and easy grooves give “Movin’ On” and “Everything Falls into Place” a Memphis soul feel, while a cover of The Sundays’ “Here’s Where the Story Ends” adds moody ’80s-pop colors. Jakob Dylan duets with Bowersox on “Stitches,” a poignant alt-country love ballad. Bowersox’s vocals especially shine on the ethereal “I Am.” Most of all, she sounds comfortable in her own skin here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There are oblique hints about the ups and downs of Crystal Bowersox’s career on All That for This, her well-realized sophomore album. When the attention she earned on American Idol didn't translate to mainstream country success, she returned to her folk-pop roots and began to write songs more reflective of her tastes. With the help of producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Bowersox turns All That for This into an ode to resilience, acknowledging her bruised dreams while nurturing hope for the future. “Dead Weight” and “Amen for My Friends” are among the tracks that reaffirm the good things in life while exploring the looser edges of acoustic country. Crisp horns and easy grooves give “Movin’ On” and “Everything Falls into Place” a Memphis soul feel, while a cover of The Sundays’ “Here’s Where the Story Ends” adds moody ’80s-pop colors. Jakob Dylan duets with Bowersox on “Stitches,” a poignant alt-country love ballad. Bowersox’s vocals especially shine on the ethereal “I Am.” Most of all, she sounds comfortable in her own skin here.

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