Shaking Family

Dreaming in Detail

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The focal point of Nashville-based quintet Shaking Family is lead singer Barbara Carter on their 1990 release Dreaming in Detail. Not only did Carter co-write all the tracks (with guitarist Vince Emmett) and play guitar, her throaty, passionate vocals keep things interesting when the music on Dreaming in Detail threatens to elicit a yawn. David Tickle provides solid production for the band's folk-tinged, adult pop sound, which, at its best (the propulsive "Hold On") recalls a more straight-ahead Dave Matthews Band. Nothing else really catches quite as well, but Carter's fiery vocals demand attention on "Hammer" and her growl on "Girl on the Edge" captures former Scandal singer Patty Smyth's delivery. The unspectacular melodies leave Dreaming in Detail a competent, if somewhat underwhelming, listen.

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