Over-cooked debut from Robbie Robertson-discovered Southern belle

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Dana Glover – Testimony

Gospel-loving, sax-playing, ex-fashion model Dana Glover possesses a stunning blue-eyed soul voice and looks to die for in a combination to rival the original Delta Lady, Rita Coolidge. She’s also a powerful writer of classy pop-soul ballads, as she proves on songs such as “Thinking Over” and “Almost Had It All”. But her debut album is ruined by the bombastic production of Matthew Wilder (who helmed No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom). If Glover was given room to breathe, Testimony could have been a Southern classic. Instead, the production forces her hopelessly over the top, like some second-rate, histrionic diva.