Give Me Some Wheels

by: Suzy Bogguss

In the three years between the release of Suzy Bogguss' fourth studio album of new material, Something Up My Sleeve, and her fifth, Give Me Some Wheels, she released a greatest-hits album and a duet album with Chet Atkins (Simpatico); her record company, Liberty, was reconfigured into Capitol Nashville; and she took time out to start a family. None of those factors may be as important as the sheer passage of time for an artist who had achieved a moderate level of success in a New Traditionalist vein and now faces a tough post-Garth country music environment defined by a new crop of female singers. Give Me Some Wheels is a sturdy album of well-performed, consistently written country songs. The title track, which Bogguss co-wrote with Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, is a satisfying statement of purpose, and the album's second single, "No Way Out," is a pleasing uptempo love song. But neither became hits ("She Said, He Heard" would have made a better single choice), and the album was a commercial disappointment. If it had been released two years earlier, it probably would have done better, but coming back to a new climate in Nashville, Bogguss needed to make a bolder or more accomplished album than this to keep from losing ground. ~ William Ruhlmann

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