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CD review: Wanda Jackson 'Unfinished Business'
Jackson typically features at least one gospel song on her albums, and this time, the longtime Oklahoma City resident infuses Townes Van Zandt's toe-tapping “Two Hands” with fervent joy. She gets her R&B groove on with a hip-shaking cover of “It's All Over Now” that hews much closer to Bobby Womack's original than the Rolling Stones' jangly chart-topping version. Jackson shows off the feisty attitude and unmistakable growl that established her as the First Lady of Rock 'n' Roll with classic rock cuts “Old Weakness (Coming on Strong)” and “Pushover.”
“Unfinished Business” closes with a prettily wistful cover of “California Stars,” which features lyrics by fellow Oklahoman Woody Guthrie and was previously featured on Wilco and Billy Bragg's 1998 Guthrie tribute “Mermaid Avenue.”
— Brandy McDonnell