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You Gotta Sin to Get Saved [Original recording reissued]

Maria McKeeAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 7, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
  • ASIN: B000000P0N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Maria McKee's voice--equal parts Dolly and Aretha--had frequently been great, one song at a time, but it wasn't until You Gotta Sin that this former Lone Justice singer was perfect start to finish. McKee's best batch of songs ever are complimented here by the twisted guitar of Jayhawk Gary Louris, which matches McKee, scream for scream, especially on the closing title track where Maria sends packing the guy she's been chasing all along. She's all over the place--"I'm Gonna Soothe You" is soul, "Only Once" honky-tonk, "I Can't Make It Alone" hard-edged pop--but it all works because McKee has finally reconciled her spirituality with her need for the sensual, over-the-top anthem. --David Cantwell

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Maria McKee's voice--equal parts Dolly and Aretha--had frequently been great, one song at a time, but it wasn't until You Gotta Sin that this former Lone Justice singer was perfect start to finish. McKee's best batch of songs ever are complimented here by the twisted guitar of Jayhawk Gary Louris, which matches McKee, scream for scream, especially on the closing title track where Maria sends packing the guy she's been chasing all along. She's all over the place--"I'm Gonna Soothe You" is soul, "Only Once" honky-tonk, "I Can't Make It Alone" hard-edged pop--but it all works because McKee has finally reconciled her spirituality with her need for the sensual, over-the-top anthem. --David Cantwell

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maria's best! November 26, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Maria's since the very first Lone Justice release. I own all of her subsequent work & can say wholeheartedly that this cd is her very best. The first thing one notices when listening to Lone Justice or Maria's solo cds is THE VOICE. There's simply no one else who sings the way she does. Her voice is marvelous. Someone once wrote that she's a perfect cross between Pat Benatar & Dolly Parton. Ugghh, you say? But wait, it's true! Her voice is powerful enough to rock and heartbreakingly tender. This particular cd has its' finest moment in the song "I Forgive You". Gospel-flavored song of redemption & forgiveness. Married with a killer horn section & swooping vocals. It'll make you weep. And sing along. Also great are the songs "I'm Gonna Soothe You" and the title track. I'd give this 6 *stars* if I could. As a long time fan of Lone Justice/Maria McKee; this is the one cd I pull out & listen to over & over. You won't be disappointed if you purchase this. I guarantee it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maria's Glory Shot May 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
After the commercial failure of her occasionally brilliant but mostly tepid self-titled debut album, apparently Maria McKee decided upon a throw-enough-styles-at-the-wall-and-see-what sticks approach for her follow-up, presumably so she could perhaps give Geffen a successful, sales-wise album, but still be able to indulge her muse. So we get Maria-does-Patsy (Only Once), Maria-does-Motown (I'm Gonna Soothe You), Maria-does-gospel (I Forgive You), Maria-does-alt.country (Precious Time), and no less than two Van Morrison covers. And while she does them all well, there is a pervasive feeling of playing it conservative and taking no chances throughout this otherwise excellent album, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but one comes to expect a risk or two from Maria McKee; that she mostly fails to deliver here only subtracts from my enjoyment slightly.
The aforementioned Morrison covers are outstanding-especially My Lonely Sad Eyes (which I saw her perform on Chevy Chase's short-lived late night talk show!) which gets an almost Los Lobos style arrangement, and she does a swooping, frenzied rendition of Young Lovers Do (one of the few times she really cuts loose vocally here). I absolutely love I'm Gonna Soothe You, which is smooth and soulful, and the Jayhawks help make Precious Time a lovely country ballad. The album's closer and title track is a rollicking, enjoyable tune, and one imagines that they had a lot of fun recording that one.
Don't get me wrong-this is a great record. It's just a little more mainstream and safe than I like to hear from MM. And that alone might make YGSTGS the McKee album of choice for a lot of people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great CD That Needs To Grow On You March 31, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I had owned this CD for a few years, and wasn't particularly impressed with it. I had preferred her debut solo record. This record had a harder edge, and seemed darker. But after repeated listenings, I started viewing this record on its own merits instead of in comparison to something else, and now it's become one of my favorite CDs. "My Girlhood Among the Outlaws" and "Why Wasn't I More Grateful" are standout. The title track is playful and fun. "I'm Gonna Soothe You" seems oddly out of place on this record. Although I love the song, it seems a concession to the record company to have a "single." Try to approach this CD with an open mind, and you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soothes the Soul February 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Maria soothes the soul with this, her second solo album. Backed by the Jayhawks and old-friends from her Lone Justice days, she rips through the songs--some originals, some cover versions--with abandon. For proof, listen to "I'm Gonna Soothe You," which basically wraps you in its warmth. "My touch is gentle, my body is warm ..." she sings, stepping out from the speakers. She's sexy, saucy, inviting and sweet all at once; and envelops you with her passion. Further proof: Her wondrous remake of the Goffin-King classic "I Can't Make It Alone"; and her raucous ode to her Lone Justice days, "My Girlhood Among the Outlaws." A true classic - and for $7, a no-brainer. Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Female Version Of Tom Petty February 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Mckee after left Lone Justice,(80s Mtvs favorites) wanted to lead her music to a new level, she had folk , southern and country influences she wanted to capture in a studio , so with the help of Justices former keyboardist Mr. Brody and Don Was in production she started with her Van Morrison favorite tunes and musical references as well Tom Petty teachings and some of his musicians too, the result is an album with all the melancholly of southern, the beauty of the depressing lyrics in some tracks and the emotion of love , lost love and hope of love, life, childhood memories and even some sense humor for a broken heart such as in "only once" , only a few girls have followed the path that country southern and blues legends (cash, Petty etc.) started and Maria Mckee is one of them "You Gotta Sin to Get Saved" is one of the highest points in her career same as in "Life is sweet"

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Incredible singer, songwriter! Lone Justice much underrated band. Maria just an incredible performer! If never heard, definitely her check out!
Published 13 months ago by Smurphy47
5.0 out of 5 stars Maria Mckee: You Gotta Sin to Get Saved
This album (CD) rocks and oozes with emotion. It shows not only her vocal range but also the strength and power of her voice. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ralph Waldo Emerson
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
Maria is several different kinds of singer on this album, I like the title track the best. CD was in wrap and looked brand new.
Published 16 months ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Maria's voice on this album is amazing and the lyrics are great too. I would compare this album to a Patty Griffin album any day. Read more
Published on June 22, 2010 by Bill Wine
3.0 out of 5 stars You Gotta Sin to Get Saved
You Gotta Sin to Get Saved is her 1993 recording and her second solo album and is a straight forward rock and pop album that I picked up at my local library. Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by Bjorn Viberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Maria, you gotta see her! or at least hear her.
You Gotta Sin To Get Saved is a good album from former Lone Justice leader Maria McKee. She's a "real" musician and songwriter, not a record company product. Read more
Published on August 17, 2007 by Doc Shred
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen among the outlaws.
She's only known by hits like "Show Me Heaven" and a song written for Quentin Tarantino's soundtrack Pulp Fiction "If Love Is A Red Dress". Read more
Published on July 18, 2005 by Martin 13
4.0 out of 5 stars Maria's hidden gem
This is most definitely a classic album from Maria. In fact, it's her best. I am sorry that it hasn't received more recognition from the new country community, but that's how the... Read more
Published on March 7, 2004 by osapientia
4.0 out of 5 stars A CD worth saving
Maria McKee was on fire in the mid-80's, first with Lone Justice and then out on her own. Her commercial success wasn't as huge as her talent, but on the bright side maybe that's... Read more
Published on February 11, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Her Best
I've been interested in Maria McKee since Lone Justice first appeared. She's always shown so much promise, and always failed to capitalize on it completely. Read more
Published on February 23, 2003 by fulluvit
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