Coming back to life

By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 16, 2010

And as the celebrity in question, Stern's Patsy is marvelous to both ear and eye. Her voice is rich and nimble, equally at home in the kicks and pops of rockabilly and the smoke and velvet of torch songs, and she moves with a sharp, leggy elegance (in an array of excellent suits, cowgirl getups, and gowns by Kurt Alger). As Patsy performs in various styles and settings, Stern navigates the shifts with exquisitely subtle intelligence: On stage at the Grand Ole Opry she does high kicks and patters with the audience, but as she leans to the mike in the radio studio, away from the public's eyes, we catch her in a still and almost private moment.

Those who have had their own moments with Cline's music will find plenty to relive in this heartfelt, raucous, and musically dazzling celebration of her.

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