Picks and Pans Review: Home Again

updated 11/12/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/12/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Judy Collins

Always one for surprises, Collins has come up with a delightfully mixed bag of songs for her 20th album. There are a couple of bright, trouble-free pop songs: Only You, by Vince Clarke of the English group Yaz, and Don't Say Love, by Randy Goodrum and Brent Maher. There's a sly semi-novelty, Everybody Works in China, by Henry Gross. There's a beautifully mournful end-of-the-affair song by Amanda McBroom, From Where I Stand. There's one of Collins' own political tracts, Shoot First, an antiviolence number. Collins even does her first duet with country star T.G. Sheppard. Aside from a slightly shrill moment or two, Collins' voice sounds as sweet, clear and lovely as it did on 1961's A Maid of Constant Sorrow. She also still seems to be an extraordinarily adventuresome singer and one who never coasts; there's a lot to be said for such musical integrity. (Elektra)

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