Picks and Pans Review: When Two Worlds Collide

updated 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jerry Lee Lewis

Lewis can still be irresistible—even in the predictable rockabilly mold that established him as one of the founding fathers of the art form. Rockin' Jerry Lee is in that mold, with the Killer sneering and pumping the keys and singing in the third person that he uses to perpetuate the Lewis myth. Good News Travels Fast is the LP's strongest, hardest-driving track, with fine piano and guitar licks. There's also Love Game, a smooth country-pop tune with strings and relatively adult lyrics that bring to mind Lewis' memorable Middle Age Crazy. Too much of the album, though, is unhappier-than-thou drinkin' music, with Lewis' usually marvelous pipes wavering thin and tired. It's not quite a whimper, but When Two Worlds Collide isn't the bang one counts on from Jerry Lee.

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