Review: Katie Quick "Valley Between Love"

If Taylor Swift had a talented cousin, she could definitely be named Katie Quick. The artist's new album "Valley Between Love" could easily find crossover success, such as the kind enjoyed by the female vocalists of Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry. Indeed, "quick" might soon prove to be the operative word as she could have a meteoric rise on the country charts.
The meaty 14 song, almost 56-minute album begins with the pop country anthem "On My Own" and is followed by the country track "Valley Between Love," which offers elements of traditional country and country gospel.

"Best In Me" is a soaring cut that shows Quick's beautiful vocal gift, and it could be a major hit with some slight production adjustments. The biggest surprise on the album is "Chicago Summer Nights" which is by far the best song of the entire album. The song is sung with a quiet confidence that will tug at the heart. "Make You Mine" has much of the same charm.

The song with the highest quotient of fun is definitely the upbeat country cut "Bottle Of Wine." Quick surprises again with the inspiring cut "If Only I Could" which could have been this year's final American idol song for either Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina.

"Possible Good Day" is a beautiful ballad, and the sparse production actually helps showcase Katie Quick's distinctive young voice. The album ends with love song "The First Time," which offers a melodic chorus that builds a rousing performance by Quick.

"Valley Between Love" is basically an announcement from newcomer Katie Quick, because she is putting the country music on notice that she is an artist to watch. With carefully-planned career moves and a bit of luck, Katie Quick has the vocal chops to take on the divas of country. Here's hoping that good fortune is on her side.