Cut to Impress

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Maggie Rose has everything it takes to be a country star in the 21st century. She has a powerful and slightly blues-infused voice, blonde good looks, and the kind of sassy, playful, take-no-bullshit attitude that makes her performances stand out in a crowd, a kind of good girl next door who isn't a stranger to turning up the bad girl alter ego when the song demands it. Although Cut to Impress, produced by Blake Chancey, Stephony Smith, and James Stroud, is her debut album, Rose isn't exactly new at this, having previously released a handful of singles and an EP under the name Margaret Durante (Rose is her middle name). Maybe the name change was the last needed ingredient ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Maggie Rose has everything it takes to be a country star in the 21st century. She has a powerful and slightly blues-infused voice, blonde good looks, and the kind of sassy, playful, take-no-bullshit attitude that makes her performances stand out in a crowd, a kind of good girl next door who isn't a stranger to turning up the bad girl alter ego when the song demands it. Although Cut to Impress, produced by Blake Chancey, Stephony Smith, and James Stroud, is her debut album, Rose isn't exactly new at this, having previously released a handful of singles and an EP under the name Margaret Durante (Rose is her middle name). Maybe the name change was the last needed ingredient in her emergence, because Cut to Impress does indeed impress, full of well-recorded, well-sung tracks that are poised to shine on contemporary country radio and yet cohere together in a solid sonic statement. The overall sound of the album is consistent, with forward mixed drums giving things a big sound and swampy electric guitars giving it some bite and snarl, but it's Rose's singing that makes it all work, and at times she sounds like the second coming of Shania Twain. There's so much to like here, and each track is catchy, but the best of them sound like can't-miss hits, including the haunting murder ballad mystery "Preacher's Daughter" that opens the set, the feisty "Mostly Bad," the beautiful, wise, and resilient "Better," the sassy "I Ain't Your Mama," and the sharp "Hollywood," which reckons that there isn't a big difference between Hollywood and Nashville, or anywhere else, for that matter, when it comes to relationships, drama, and the emotional roads we all have to travel. As debut albums go, this one arrives fully formed and ready to go, and if Maggie Rose doesn't end up being a major contemporary country star, well, then the whole thing is rigged.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2013
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 887654537928
  • Catalog Number: 545379
  • Sales rank: 25,164

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maggie Rose Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Eddie Bayers Drums
Mike Brignardello Bass
Dan Dugmore Dobro, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest Drums
Kenny Greenberg Guitar
David Grissom Electric Guitar
Brent Mason Guitar
Greg Morrow Drums
Steve Nathan Piano, Keyboards
Billy Panda Acoustic Guitar
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Tania Hancheroff Background Vocals
Natalie Murphy Fiddle, Background Vocals
Sarah Tomek Percussion, Drums
Jason Waters Percussion, Background Vocals
Cade Doyle Guitar
Raquel Wynn Background Vocals
Raquel Shouse Bass
Technical Credits
Judson Spence Composer
Blake Chancey Producer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Connie Harrington Composer
Samuel Johnson Composer
Julian King Engineer
Stephony Smith Composer, Producer
James Stroud Producer
Tony Castle Engineer
Deanna Bryant Composer
Dave Berg Composer
Lisa Carver Composer
Shelly Fairchild Composer
Candy Cameron Composer
Natalie Murphy Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Sarah Tomek Composer
Jason Waters Composer
Camaron Ochs Composer
Jim Wes Composer
Cade Doyle Composer
Kyah Hillis Imaging
Maggie Rose Composer
Zarna Surti Producer
Douglas Showalter Composer
Kai Griffin Engineer
Brandi Clark Composer
Raquel Wynn Composer
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