Old Sombrero Music
Paula Sinclair is what country music should be. On her latest, Steady Girl, Sinclair adds a hint of alt-country to her countrified voice and makes love and heartache sound even better.
Sinclair sounds a lot like a young Reba McEntire on her cover of Steve Earle’s “Fearless Heart,” while the title track has her at her musically dreamy best.
On “Something Sweeter,” she explores what the future has in store in a more optimistic tone as she sings “I’m looking forward to falling in love deeper.” She counters that yin with the yang of “When a Heart Breaks” and the solitary feeling of loneliness. “Oh, once I was hopeful, my heart used to pound/ But now that it’s broke, it don’t make a sound.”
Steady Girl is a great alt-country album that should shoot Paula Sinclair into the spotlight, if country radio can get past the manufactured country-pop and see an artist with real talent that deserves national attention.
Paula Sinclair: www.sinclairsinclair.com