A few years after an underappreciated solo album, former Lone Justice leader Maria McKee returns with You Gotta Sin to Get Saved, her best album yet. With Black Crowes and Jayhawks producer George Drakoulias at the helm, You Gotta Sin to Get Saved evokes the country-rock vibe of the early '70s (much like the aforementioned groups) without sounding like a studied replica. McKee sings a dynamic mix of originals and covers with genuine conviction, making You Gotta Sin to Get Saved an album that demands repeated plays.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine