Picks and Pans Review: The First Word in Memory

updated 10/01/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Janie Fricke

As polished and confident as she is, Fricke still often seems to be singing songs rather than singing about something. Her music is slick and entertaining; it's just not often moving. This LP contains a number of high-quality Nashville tunes, such as In Between Heartaches (Rafe Van Hoy/Deborah Allen), One Way Ticket (Jan Buckingham/Pam Tillis) and First Time out of the Rain (Beckie Foster/Kerry Chater). Fricke also duets with backup man Benny Wilson on Dave Loggins' Without Each Other. While the material and performances are pleasant, there's nothing in the LP to bring a tear to anyone's eye or make anyone's heart beat faster. (Columbia)

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