Album Review: Wynonna & the Big Noise by Wynonna & The Big Noise
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
PopMatters - 80 Based on rating 8/10
Wynonna Judd enjoyed a reputation as a diva. She called herself the She Elvis (or “Shelvis” and demanded attention be paid to her big, glorious county voice or whatever subject she chose to pontificate on. Her persona was bigger than her life and branded her into a salesperson for a whole host of non-musical items and a subject of People magazine stories.
Wynonna Judd didn't precisely take an extended hiatus following the 2003 release of What the World Needs Now Is Love, but her attention did drift away from new songs. She dabbled in her past -- she staged a live retrospective, embraced nostalgia on the 2006 Christmas album, sang covers on 2009's Sing: Chapter 1, reteamed with her mother Naomi for a brief Judds reunion in the early years of the 2010s -- but never looked forward until she and husband Cactus Moser formed Wynonna & the Big Noise in 2012. It took a while for the band's eponymous debut to come out -- it was announced for a 2013 release but didn't hit stores until February of 2016, its delay possibly due to the underperformance of "Something You Can't Live Without" in 2013, or perhaps it took the group a while to get the album right.