Skeeter Davis

The Best of Skeeter Davis, Vol. 2

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A ridiculously uneven collection, veering between solid country up-tempo numbers to pathetic weepers (which could be either effective or embarrassing), a fine girl group pastiche, a stupid courtroom divorce song, and a couple lousy covers of early-'70s pop hits ("One Tin Soldier"?!). By far the best cut is her girl group take on Goffin-King's "Let Me Get Close to You," which is in the same class as her similar 1963 Top Ten pop hit "I Can't Stay Mad at You" (also written by Goffin-King). "Sunglasses" is an out-of-character pop number by John Loudermilk, and a couple of the straight country tunes are decent, but this is a very scattershot compilation; surely Skeeter recorded enough decent material to warrant a better selection.

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