Picks and Pans Review: Natural Act
The Kristoffersons do not profit very much musically from their relationship. Rita's fluffy voice is more effective on its own. Kris can be painfully off-key and weak (as he is here on Not Everyone Knows). At other times he turns the limitations of his vocal cords into a distinctive appeal. In any case, a harmonizer he ain't. The couple manages best with hard-driving material—Blue As I Do (by their guitarist, Steve Burton) and Hoola Hoop on this LP—but sentimentalists may prefer duet reprises of three old Kristofferson hits. Loving You Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again), Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends and Love Don't Live Here Anymore all come from his most fertile composing period, around 1970, and they still sound rich, in both melody and lyric.