WANDA JACKSON – Unfinished Business

January 01, 1970

(Sugar Hill)




Pop music loves to get cushy with comebacks, from the Beach
Boys’ recent return to Pat Boone’s reinvention as a heavy metal poser. And when
it’s done right – Mr. Boone notwithstanding – the return of a seminal artist
can be cause for celebration. Oftentimes it involves a high profile producer
who brings a marquee name and extra attention. Yet when Jack White helmed
Loretta Lynn’s last album and Joe Henry went behind the boards for Solomon
Burke, they graciously shunned the spotlight and turned it instead on the
artists themselves.


Likewise, credit Justin Townes Earle for taking the same
tack and shepherding ‘50s rockabilly belle Wanda Jackson through a return to
her roots that finds her doing what she does best. Its title aside, Unfinished Business doesn’t breach new
terrain, but then again, there’s really no need. Whether crooning the rollicking
Blues of “I’m Tore Down,” the spirited honky-tonk of “Old Weakness” or a tearstained
ballad like “Am I Even a Memory,” Wanda remains as resolute as ever.


Tore Down,” “Old Weakness” -LEE

Leave a Reply