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Nineteen-year-old bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull’s latest offering, the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets, showcases a voice that combines the sweet, pristine phrasing of Carrie Underwood with the ethereal vocal quality of Alison Krauss (Alison’s Union Station bandmate Barry Bales produced the album) and a fleet-fingered mandolin style reminiscent of Rhonda Vincent’s. “Don’t Pick Me Up” features clean banjo and mandolin solos as Sierra warns a potential lover that she won’t accept a love that slips around. Sierra puts aside her bluegrass numbers to tackle her first western swing composition, “Best Buy,” in which she boldly tells a departing ex-lover, I’ll even hold the door. Unfortunately, the song’s range isn’t always suitable for Sierra’s voice. The plucky “Bombshell,” a nimble instrumental number, is just one example of the shimmering mandolin and fiddle solos that permeate the album.

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