Picks and Pans Review: It Ain't Easy

updated 11/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Janie Fricke

Fricke is settling more and more into being a hardcore country singer of the Loretta-Tammy school, which isn't too surprising, since her new producer, Bob Montgomery, also handles Eddy Arnold, Marty Robbins and Razzy Bailey. The album is full of mournful fun, from Love Have Mercy to Tryin' to Fool a Fool, Tell Me a Lie, He's a Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen)—an upbeat tune by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley that lives up to its snappy title—and It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy, the album's first hit single. Fricke's backup group, the Heart City Band, also tours with her, which makes for more than usual cohesion. Her singing is bright and zippy. It ain't hard to like this album.

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