Picks and Pans Review: Dirty Looks

UPDATED 10/03/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/03/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT

Juice Newton

All right, let's give up trying to classify old Juice-pop? country? country rock?—and just enjoy her singing. There is a bumper crop of delightful tunes on this album, deftly produced (with the exception of a little too much of everything on the title tune) by Richard Landis. Try the rollicking, honky-tonkish Troy Seals-Eddie Setser tune, Keeping Me on My Toes, with a pulling-out-all-the-stops organ solo by Jim Lang. Or ponder what seems to be a put-down of nostalgia, Twenty Years Ago (written by four people), or an exemplary pop track, Stranger at My Door (Charlie Black-Roy Bourke-Kerry Chater). There's even a sweetly rendered lullaby, For Believers, written by Newton's guitarist and longtime companion Otha Young. Whatever groove it is that Newton has settled into, it suits her just fine.

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