Picks and Pans Review: Dream Baby

updated 07/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Lacy J. Dalton

Dalton is not particularly fond of being labeled, but if she isn't a country-rock singer, there never will be one. And if she isn't a terrific country-rock singer, there never has been one. Her rhythmic version of Dream Baby, a 1962 pop hit for Roy Orbison, is at least as effective as Orbison's in overcoming the tune's ultra-banal lyrics ("Make me stop my dreamin'/You can make my dreams come true"). She gives a wonderfully tough, growly reading of Rodney Crowell's Baby, Better Start Turnin' 'Em Down, and the album also includes two songs Dalton wrote with John Fitzgerald and Pat Hubbard, the fiery Dixie Devil and a pleasantly nostalgic The Waltz That Time Forgot. If Tom Schuyler's My Old Yellow Car—"The floorboard was patched up/ With paper and tar/But, I really was something/In my old yellow car"—seems a strange choice of material for Dalton, anybody this good ought to be allowed a quirk now and then.

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