Picks and Pans Review: True Love

updated 01/31/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/31/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

Crystal Gayle

Gayle has switched labels again—she's gone from United Artists to Columbia to Elektra/Asylum in nine albums—but has kept her longtime producer, Allen Reynolds, and her reliable Nashville pop sound. That's not to say her voice isn't overwrought at times or that she doesn't make some weird choices of material; this album includes what must be one of the most spiritless performances of a religious song ever, He Is Beautiful to Me. But there is also Gayle's measured version of Rodney Crowell's country standard 'Til I Gain Control Again (with Crowell himself singing harmony), a bouncy Josh Leo-Wendy Waldman tune, Baby What About You, and the affecting David Gates song that was a hit in 1972 for Bread, Everything I Own. Be alerted, however, that the album does not include Gayle's current duet hit with Eddie Rabbitt, You and I.

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