Shepard had achieved some prior success — in 1987 she reached the Top 10 with “Can’t We Try,” a duet with Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Hill — but the visibility afforded her week after week thanks to Ally was incalculable. And, in return, she flat-out made a great show even better.
Shepard likewise shines on Solo, which finds her (and her alone, hence the title) reprising some of her most familiar and compelling performances. A sprawling rendition of the Duprees classic, “You Belong to Me,” is an instant highlight. However, it’s on her own material — particularly “I Know Better” and “Soothe Me,” both achingly sensuous and intoxicating moments — where Shepard’s vocal depth and range are best revealed and ultimately most affecting.
Altogether, Solo is superb.
(First published at Blogcritics.)