Lynn Marie

Squeezebox

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LynnMarie's third album garnered a Grammy nomination in the polka category. This isn't a polka album in the traditional sense -- that is, in the Chicago, Cleveland, or Milwaukee style. Rather, LynnMarie skillfully incorporates Tex-Mex, country, Cajun, Western swing, and acoustic pop into her melting pot of polka. Squeezebox is an improvement over her 1998 effort, One Look, because the songs are more distinguishable from one another and the production is tighter. LynnMarie offers a lighthearted rendering of Pete Townsend's "Squeezebox" and for the second time covers a Dwight Yoakum song ("The Distance Between You and Me"), but for the most part she either wrote or co-wrote most of the songs. The songs on this album progress more naturally than on One Look and, stylistically, LynnMarie's music seems less contrived and forced than before. Again, that could be due to the superior production. Perhaps, as LynnMarie establishes a greater following and continues to stretch the limits of polka music, a Grammy award is in her future.

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