Picks and Pans Review: Bill Labounty

updated 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Bill LaBounty

LaBounty, 31, has been around. Born in Wisconsin, he was raised in Idaho, worked all along the West Coast and now lives in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California. This, his third solo album and first since 1978, follows the lines of middle-aged country rock—easygoing, a little rueful and soothing on both the ears and the mind. LaBounty wrote all the music, collaborating with lyricists including Roy Freeland and the team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. His backup group includes singers Jennifer Warnes, Patti Austin, Stephen Bishop and James Taylor, who is distinctive of voice even when singing harmonies. One LaBounty-Freeland tune, Didn't Want to Say Goodbye, sums up the tone: "So many highways/Have taken me nowhere/I had to come back here/Where somebody used to need me." This is a nice LP to think about old romances by.

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