Picks and Pans Review: Somewhere in the Stars
updated 06/28/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/28/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Rosanne, 27, makes another quantum musical leap. She's the new queen of country pop, if only by virtue of Linda Ronstadt's default. On Russell Smith's Third Rate Romance, Cash persuasively conjures up passion—the one-night-stand variety. The title track is a tender love song Rosanne wrote for her husband, Rodney Crowell, a gifted singer/composer and producer of this album. That's How I Got to Memphis features a collaboration of daddy Johnny and daughter. Three songs in particular show Cash's maturation: Down on Love explores the underside of romance; Oh Yes I Can portrays a defiant woman under heartbreak conditions; and Looking for a Corner is a moving Cash/Crowell effort about the "trouble when the ones you love/Don't know how to love you back." With Rosanne's broadened range—both vocally and in sentiment—listening to Somewhere in the Stars is like watching the northern lights: eerie and magical.