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The singer-actress-producer goes down to Nashville and puts her own stamp on country, pop and rock tradition.

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Rita Wilson

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Rita Wilson is best known as an actress and producer (as well as the wife of Tom Hanks), but her 2012 debut as a singer, AM/FM, was a strong set of classic pop and country covers that showed off her Broadway-steeped vocal chops. Wilson’s second album, recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville with a slate of A-list co-writers, builds on that start, seamlessly fusing rock, country and singer-songwriter pop. “Along For the Ride” veers into Stones-y territory; on the lighthearted “Girls Night In,” Wilson sings about getting her friends together and turning her living room into a nightclub. The album’s best moments are its most personal: “Crying Crying” is a powerful reflection on her recent fight against breast cancer which recalls classic Carole King in its stately resilience; the chilling, stripped-down “Still Gone” is a remembrance of loved ones who’ve passed away. Wilson also pays respect to a bedrock musical influence on the haunting piano ballad “Joni,” but at its best, Rita Wilson, she goes beyond honoring tradition to create something all her own. 

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