Suzy Bogguss

Sweet Danger (Loyal Dutchess), the new disc from nominal country singer Suzy Bogguss, is indeed packed with sugar, but there's nothing remotely threatening about it. Since launching her career as a featured performer at Dollywood, Bogguss has specialized in a country-pop sound that scored a succession of hits in the late '80s and early '90s but not much since. She's steadily tilted more popward, while occasionally flirting with swing and vintage jazz. Sweet Danger is as unabashedly pop as Bogguss has ever been, but with the assistance of jazz-pop producer Jason Miles, it's mostly thoroughly tasty—the sly, Carole King-like arrangements nicely complementing her finely textured voice and subtle interpretive flair. Best is the sultry, bluesy "Chain Lover," a clever nugget about love addiction she wrote with Billy Kirsch. She even makes Peter Cetera's hoary "If You Leave Me Now" palatable, but can't work the same magic on hubby Doug Crider's sap-soggy "In Heaven," which finds her discussing a new lover with a dead one. And her bizarre foray into a rap delivery on "No Good Way to Go" wasn't. Otherwise, Bogguss has found a nice, adult-pop groove.
Sat., Sept. 15, 8 p.m.

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