Gretchen Peters

The Secret of Life

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Although this record is stylistically more folk and pop than country, Gretchen Peters' songs are similar to Mary Chapin Carpenter's work in that they contain thoughtful and intelligent lyrics that are at times highly introspective. Ten of the 11 tracks on the album were written or co-written by Peters, and she turns in a credible cover of Steve Earle's "I Ain't Ever Satisfied," with Earle and Emmylou Harris providing harmony vocals. Other guests include Raul Malo singing background on the beautiful "Border Town" and James House on "A Room with a View," a song written from the perspective of a cab driver. Another highlight is the opening track, "Waiting for the Light to Turn Green," co-written with Suzy Bogguss. Overall an impressive first outing for this talented singer/songwriter, whose songs have been hits for Trisha Yearwood, George Strait, Patty Loveless, and Martina McBride.

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