Easy is all about how hard life is. Willis latest album shows no signs of buckling to the "country" music of Faith Hill or LeAnn Rimes. This time Willis tackles even tougher songs. She covers Kristy MacColls melody-challenged Dont Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim! about a girl whos tired of being used. Willis just about gets the hang of the melody and voices the difficult lyrics with conviction ("Theyll never remember and theyll never mind/if youre counting the cracks in the wall/ theyre quick and theyre greedy"). Its a song about men who just want sex.
to sing is her own Reason To Believe where the lonely piano of Floyd Domino
is played so sparingly, a miscue would throw the song away. Willis manages
to sigh, catch her breath, sound miserable and yet sing "good
things are meant for me/oh I believe, yes I believe." Shes
got a strong team with her. Old timers like Ian McLagan of The Faces,
Chuck Prophet handles all the lead guitars and pals like Alison Krauss
and Vince Gill for moral support. The most beautiful song here is written
by her husband Bruce Robison, What Did You Think, about a woman too polite
to tell her heartbroken friend that shes longing for him. Easy is
an album for those late, hot and humid nights. Michael Cheah
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