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The Winner Is Angela Hacker

After years of playing at talent contests, bars and weddings, Angela Hacker finally made her breakthrough by winning the USA Network's televised talent show, Nashville Star. For her first album, the 29-year-old Alabama native has given fans something they'll recognize -- a collection heavy on songs she sang on the fan-voted competition.

The Winner Is? revisits classics that pushed Hacker to the top of the competition, but here they are enjoyed in full-length form. With vocals that sound like a marriage between Wynonna Judd and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Hacker is a welcome addition to the country music landscape and it will be intriguing to see which direction she takes her talent in the future.

The girl is all country, and was born to sing this style of music. "Love Me Wild," the disc's opener, is an original that Hacker co-wrote and it's a great intro to her style. It's an enthusiastic, freestyle song about cutting love lose and following your heart instead of your head. Hacker's attitude shines through on every note and makes it a pleasure.

Nashville Star fans will recognize several cuts in the lineup, and also will appreciate being able to enjoy them in their full-length form. Excellent renditions of Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine" and Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman Do Right Man" appear early on, but it's her makeover of the Bonnie Raitt classic "I Can't Make You Love Me" that really jumps off the disc. She delivers a beautiful acoustic rendition that makes her normally sassy voice sound vulnerable and wistful.

Of course, fans all know that Hacker and her brother, Zac, who made it all the way to the finals with her, both have been writing and performing most of their lives. On The Winner Is? she treats us to the catchy "Emotionless," which has the feel of some of Sugarland's better work. Anyone who's ever passed a former flame on the street will relate to this song, which feels like a country cousin to Jann Arden's 1995 hit, "Insensitive."

Further showing her songwriting skills, Hacker delivers "Total Loss," a song that she first introduced on Nashville Star and which sounds even better here. It's a tasty, twangy song that finds her discovering a strength she didn't even know she had after a devastating breakup. As she goes down the checklist of what she's gained, the loss suddenly doesn't seem so great, and she gives a couple of great zingers that will make some ex-boyfriend, somewhere, cringe when he hears it.

She closes out the album with a trio of covers -- Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" and Linda Ronstadt's "When Will I Be Loved" are followed by another Nashville Star flashback. Her duet with brother Zac on the Black Crowes' "Hard to Handle" is an unexpected addition to a country disc but, just as they did on the show, the siblings make it work. They attack this cut with everything they've got and, while it's just this side of country, it's a great way to make an exit.

By Paula Felps

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Performer: Angela Hacker
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 4.98 x 0.41 x 5.59 Inches
Release Date: 04/03/2007
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1. Love Me Wild
2. Strawberry Wine
3. You Got Me
4. Do Right Woman Do Right Man
5. I Can't Make You Love Me
6. Emotionless
7. Total Loss
8. I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool
9. When Will I Be Loved
10. Hard To Handle
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Angela - You Didn't Let Me Down!
6/14/2008

Customer review by MoreCoffeeNow

5.0 stars 6/14/2008 by MoreCoffeeNow
by MoreCoffeeNow

Angela got my vote every week on Nashville Star and I was so pleased when she won. I waited anxiously for her debut CD and heard nothing about it in South Central Virginia. I finally went online last week to get some information on when it would be/was released, and was upset to see that it had been released months before! I purchased this CD immediately and I've listened to it 5 times (6th time playing now)! An excellent songwriter, I am absolutely crazy about "Love Me Wild", "You Got Me", "Emotionless" and "Total Loss"; "Hard To Handle" really isn't my type of music, but the latter showed how well Angela and Zac perform together. I also greatly enjoyed her renditions of "Strawberry Wine" and "When Will I Be Loved." Probably my favorite of those she didn't write was "Do Right Woman Do Right Man" and least favorite was the slow drag of Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool". Her vocal range and adaptation to different types of music is outstanding and I can't wait to get more of her music! Congrats, Angela!! Keep 'em comin', girl!!!!

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MoreCoffeeNow
Lawrenceville, VA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
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Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
Still love her voice
1/25/2009

Customer review by extraneous

3.0 stars 1/25/2009 by extraneous
by extraneous

I watched Angela on Nashville Star, love her voice, and was thrilled that she won. Ever since, I've been looking for her CD so I was glad to find this. However, I was hoping for more original material or at least more original takes...almost the whole CD consists of covers and a few are re-hashes from the show. Not that that's bad...I just had high expectations for her. As they say, she "could sing the phone book" and it'd be good, but I think she's someone with a special talent - a good singing voice and an amazing depth of soul (it always seemed to me that she's the "real deal," has "lived it," and was something you don't see enough anymore...classic, old school, genuine country) - who could really shine if she was given the chance to do her own thing.

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extraneous
Atlanta, GA suburb
Would recommend to a friend? No
Age:35 - 44
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:A few times per month
An awesome CD
2/15/2008

Customer review by Montanagal

5.0 stars 2/15/2008 by Montanagal
by Montanagal

I was not a bit disappointed in the quality of Angela Hacker's debut CD! Living in a small town and only having access to one C/W radio station, which features and plays just the top C/W artists, I never get to hear Angela. Having her CD now is a treat! One song is sure to be a hit, if she's getting the deserved air time --- "Total Loss". I also love the duo with Zac!

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Montanagal
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Wonderful CD
3/7/2008

Customer review by WSSCMOM

5.0 stars 3/7/2008 by WSSCMOM
by WSSCMOM

Angela Hacker is AWESOME!! This is really great CD. Some oldies you will recognize and some of her new songs. I love the last one that she did with her brother Zach Hacker - and my favorite is the one she wrote on Nashville Star "Total Loss". It is a true "country" song. You wont regret buying this CD!

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:35 - 44
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Every few days
Angela Hacker CD
2/20/2008

Customer review by goodie610

5.0 stars 2/20/2008 by goodie610
by goodie610

I gave this CD to my husband for Valentines Day. We both voted for her on Nashville Star and have been looking for the CD to come out. The music is great and we both love it. If you listen to it, you will too.

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Springfield, PA
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Age:55 - 64
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