Kimmie Rhodes – Walls Fall Down

January 01, 1970





Rhodes appeared to have found her groove as a Texas alt-country singer-songwriter with
1996’s outstanding West Texas Heaven, which located her in the
same tough-but-tender territory as Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson and Waylon
Jennings, who all appeared on the album. Alas, she hasn’t been able to hold
that ground. Walls Fall Down reveals
some shaky songwriting and a split personality. On the one hand are the overly
generic romantic songs – superficially pretty lyrics (“Beautiful,” “Make the
Morning Shine”, both with co-writers) married to similarly saccharin melodies
and sung in a voice devoid of grit. On the other hand are the better cautionary
tales, sometimes apocalyptic, which rock a little more and have interesting
chord changes – the title song, which Neil Young could cover, and the eerie
“Last Seven Seconds.” There’s also a bitter condemnation of President Bush,
“Your Majesty,” that stings. Included, too, are three covers. Two are okay, but
her version of the Beatles’ “The Fool on the Hill,” while apparently a set-up
for “Your Majesty,” is cloying.


Standout Tracks: “Walls Fall Down,”
“Last Seven Seconds” STEVEN ROSEN

Leave a Reply