- The Washington Times - Monday, June 14, 2004

SheDaisy

Sweet Right Here

Lyric Street Records

It’s easy to dismiss SheDaisy as Dixie Chick also-rans. Both feature a trio of pretty girls belting out sassy, Southern-fried lyrics. The Dixie Chicks get all the country cred, while SheDaisy is dismissed as pleasant but as shallow as a dried-up fishing hole.

The trio’s new disc, “Sweet Right Here,” won’t change too many opinions, but it also reminds us the Utah-based sister act deserves to be heard.

They sure do make a valiant stab at the Chick stratosphere with “Passenger Seat,” the album’s first single. From the creamy chorus to the pretty plucking, it’s the perfect addition to the summer radio roundup.

“5 4 3 2 Run” continues “Seat’s” galloping spirit, even if it’s a measure less infectious. Their exhortations to have a good time feel like a sloshed pal browbeating you for not drinking more — boozy and forced.

“I Dare You” falls just shy of becoming the album’s stunner, or at least the kind of quasi-country hit that’s got crossover written all over it.

Kristyn Osborn, the chief songwriter among the sisters, wrote or co-wrote all of “Sweet’s” 12 tracks. To be fair, the Dixie Chicks could take a lesson here, since they often only dabble in their record’s songwriting duties.

That said, the lyrics behind “Good Together,” and a few other tracks, deftly squash the rollicking good time so earnestly built by lead singer Kassidy Osborn.

The group’s slower numbers reveal the true gap separating them from their musical kin. “Come Home Soon” is serviceably plaintive, but “Without a Sound” awaits a definitive version by Celine Dion.

“A Woman’s Work” suffers from a too-obvious “girl power” bent, but leaves us with an uplifting chorus. And “Sweet Right Here” works best when it sticks to warm and fuzzy musings about Mr. Right — not shout-outs to the kin folk.

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