Brandy Clark, 'Big Day in a Small Town'
It's music tooled alternately for stadiums and songwriting circles, commercial and public radio, line-dance bars and coffee shops. . . Clark is good at bending country boilerplate: On "Drinkin', Smokin', Cheatin'," she teetotals while listing a downward spiral of coping fantasies. She also spikes the comic with the grim; in the cheerfully deadpan "Big Day in a Small Town," a high-schooler passes out in class when her water breaks, and a dude drunkenly flips his pickup en route to his son's football game.