Picks and Pans Review: Lyin', Cheatin', Woman Chasin', Honky Tonkin', Whiskey Drinkin' You

updated 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Loretta Lynn

The title tune says it all, in more ways than one. Loretta is the best and toughest of the chronic victims among the great women country singers, always willing to give a guy a second, third or 47th chance. The implicit message is not as antifeminist as it seems; the notion is that she's being fore-bearing out of strength, not weakness. This album also includes a more positive Bud Lee-Jim Rushing tune, Starlight, Starbright, and an effective Fred Koller-Mike Pace lament, Walking With My Memories. Lynn renders them in her unembellished, natural style that doesn't depend on gimmicks or high-falutin' arrangements. She never changes much, but nobody wants the folks at Ch√Ęteau Lafite-Rothschild to change the formula, either.

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