MUSIC: SHE CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH

IN HER GORGEOUS, PULVERIZING NEW ALBUM, COUNTRY TORCH ARTIST PATTY LOVELESS SINGS ABOUT THE AFTERSHOCK OF BETRAYAL

LOVELESS. RIGHT THERE IN THE name is some significant country poetry--the kind that, around 3 a.m. at the lonesome end of an Ozark bar, acquires the artless profundity of a cry for help. Patty Loveless started life as Patty Ramey, married drummer Terry Lovelace and later modified the surname. It turned out Loveless perfectly fit her musical taste. Her songs catalog every sin a man can commit, every pain a woman can bear. If you turn on the radio and hear a strong heart breaking, chances are it's the one in that plangent Loveless voice.

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