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updated 05/14/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/14/1984 01:00AM

Sylvia

Not only has Sylvia changed her look (with the help of makeup artist Way Bandy) to something that's as close to punk as any Nashvillian is likely to get, but she has also gotten a little rambunctious musically. Most of this album, such as William Davidson's On the Other Side of Midnight and the Dennis Morgan-Don Pfrimmer tune Victims of Goodbye, is typical Sylvia; they're lilting ballads rendered with just the right touches of heartbreak. But there are also a couple of atypically revved-up tracks, especially Give 'Em Rhythm, a rockabilly stomper by Morgan and Skeeter Davis that includes homages to Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. Sylvia is not likely to threaten, say, Lacy J. Dalton or any other honky-tonk honey, but she pulls off this digression with style and zest. It provides an enjoyable change of pace in an entertaining LP. (RCA)

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