Even though I Let Her Talk comes in one track longer than Erin Enderlin’s 2011 EP, there’s actually less new material here: the songwriter offers updated takes on “Monday Morning Church,” “Last Call,” and “You Don’t Know Jack” (repeated from the earlier effort) to fill out the second half. Fortunately, those are all great songs. Of the new stuff, the title track – written with Leslie Satcher and sung with Joey Martin Feek – and “Get That at Home” are the indisputable highlights. Classic country heartbreak songs written from opposite sides of the cheating divide, these find Enderlin the writer and singer at her most evocative. She’s nearly as effective celebrating her own resilience on more uplifting tracks like “Unbroken” and “Finding My Voice.” In fact, the only misstep of any consequence is “Countryside,” a confounding backwoods trifle being offered as the project’s lead single. Production by newcomer Alex Kline is full but subtle, lending the collection an accessible sheen even as it keeps the focus squarely on Enderlin’s achingly sweet voice and well-honed songcraft. Although her Jamey Johnson-coproduced debut was more striking in its bareboned immediacy, I Let Her Talk holds more promise of helping Enderlin find the wider audience she so richly deserves.
Recommended if you like: Lee Ann Womack, Ashley Monroe
Grade (Pass/Fail only): PASS