Picks and Pans Review: Salute

updated 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Gordon Lightfoot

With Dylan deservedly consigned to his own category, Lightfoot, now 44, seems to be by far the most consistent and durable of the '60s folk-rockers. The Ontario-born singer is still full of melancholy (Broken Dreams), Canada (Whispers of the North and Biscuit City) and a things-are-bound-to-get-better optimism (Romance). Lightfoot's voice is a little overwhelmed by the arrangements on a few of these tunes, but he's still as unpretentious a singer as there is. Fans who aren't expecting a lot of novelty will tip their caps to this album, his 22nd in 18 years.

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