Personnel: Amanda Marshall (vocals); David Wipper (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Tim Pierce (acoustic & electric guitars); Bob Mann (acoustic guitar); Tommy Byrnes (electric guitar); Peter Kent (violin); Erica Duke-Kirkpatrick (cello); T-Bone Wolk (accordion); Louis Taylor (soprano saxophone); David Tyson (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Leland Sklar (bass); Kenny Aronoff (drums, percussion); Diana DeWitt (background vocals).
This Canadian singer has a pop-rock style reminiscent of Sheryl Crow, with a dash of Melissa Etheridge's growl. Her earlier influences range from folk-popper James Taylor (evident on "Trust Me [This Is Love]") to her countryman Bryan Adams ("Sitting On Top Of The World"). As in Crow's songs, characters from all walks of life populate Marshall's songs, whether it's the Southern homemaker escaping her alcoholic spouse in "Birmingham" or the lost soul looking for salvation in "Last Exit To Eden." Only 10 songs long, AMANDA MARSHALL is a tasty appetizer for what promises to be a delectable body of work.
Q (8/96, pp.122-123) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Her voice is strong and true and not overly prone to histrionics, even when the songs are more concerned with loss rather than celebration..."