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Picks and Pans Review: Get Closer

updated 11/29/1982 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/29/1982 01:00AM

Linda Ronstadt

This is the first pop peep out of Linda since she went sailing with the Penzance pirates along the Great White Way. But she's no worse for the Broadway wear: She still has the best white pipes around and the most dependable transmission this side of Aamco. This LP is more a collection of snazzy tunes than a cohesive musical bouquet. Her song sequence starts with the passionate title cut, then she shifts into emotional low gear with Jimmy Webb's weepy The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, then she guns it again with Joe South's 1965 classic rocker I Knew You When. What's consistent is her vocal performance; she demonstrates her amazing range from torch bearer to temptress. The standout cut is a steamy duet she performs with James Taylor on the 1961-vintage tune I Think It's Gonna Work Out Just Fine. Jim Horn's saxophone solo on that track is particularly noteworthy. The other memorable collaboration on Get Closer is another nugget from Linda's famous 1978 sessions with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. The trio harmonizes to a guitar accompaniment by Emmylou on Dolly's composition My Blue Tears. Finally, since Linda is a pretty good rock barometer, the fact that half of the dozen tunes here are '65 or earlier says something about the current scene's doldrums. Linda, don't stay away so long next time.

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