Picks and Pans Review: Radio Romance

updated 12/20/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/20/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Eddie Rabbitt

Rabbitt is not blessed with the greatest set of pipes in the business—not the 50th greatest, for that matter. The songs he writes with pals Even Stevens and David Malloy tend to such woefully weary lyrics as "Your lips are taking me/ To the edge of paradise" or "I'm laughing on the outside/ But I'm crying on the inside." His studio backup band is proficient but hardly dazzling and doesn't even have the benefit of the name Rabbitt gives his touring group, Hare Trigger. All that notwithstanding, Rabbitt has in recent years become one of country-pop's most appealing and consistently successful singers. It may have something to do with the importance of attitude and approach in country music. Rabbitt is a relaxed performer, however dedicated and intense he is behind the scenes, and that feeling of intimacy is vital to his music. (It probably doesn't hurt, either, that he is one of the hunkier types around.) This album includes his charming duet with Crystal Gayle, You and I. It was written by Frank Myers, and another of the LP's highlights, Years After You, is by Thorn Schuyler.

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