Picks and Pans Review: West by West

UPDATED 04/25/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/25/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT

Shelly West

Dottie's daughter and David Frizzell's duet partner earns her solo license on this basic Nashville lady's country album. Its highlight is the inescapably bright, delightful tune José Cuervo, written by Cindy Jordan in honor of a brand of tequila. But there's at least the requisite number of cheatin' songs, plus the more equivocal yet effective Me on the One Side by Glen Ballard and Mark Mueller. West has a tendency to swallow lyrics in her lower registers, but she sings with more than common feeling and has much of the vocal richness that has made her mom such a successful performer. While she probably shouldn't send David packing quite yet, West needn't worry if, on the other hand, he starts devoting more time to his solo career.

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