The 1985 debut album by Los Angeles group Lone Justice remains one of the coolest records of the decade, with its potent blend of high octane rock'n'roll and slow country tunes, a classic in every respect. The 1986 follow-up album Shelter was a different beast entirely, basically a crap record where everything that once was right now was utterly wrong. Save for Ryan Hedgecock, it was an entirely different band, led by McKee and the awful guitarist/songwriter Shane Fontayne, who for some mysterious reason also has played both with Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac. That Shelter was the end of Lone Justice was both sad and good. But when McKee finally released her self-titled solo debut in 1989 it was another matter. It's a killer album, and its first track is the wonderful "I've Forgotten What It Was In You (That Put The Need In Me), which is more or less a country tune in a rock arrangement. The rest of the album is just as good, as was its rockier follow-up You Gotta Sin To Get Saved, released four years later. The 1996 album Life Is Sweet is the last McKee album to cause any ripples, unfortunately, but the fact remains that Maria McKee is a very good songwriter (she's also penned the Feargal Sharkey hit "A Good Heart") and her voice is one of the best voices ever to be heard in popular music.