Picks and Pans Review: My Kind of Country

UPDATED 12/17/1984 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/17/1984 at 01:00 AM EST

Reba McEntire

McEntire performs with some of the unaffected vocal charm of her idol, Patsy Cline. That quality serves her well on this album of straightforward country music. McEntire benefits from such simple yet likable tunes as John Moffat's How Blue; the sorrowful Somebody Should Leave, by Harlan Howard and Chick Rains; and He's Only Everything, by Faron Young and Billy Deaton. She's also backed up with some attractive fiddling by Johnny Gimble and Mark O'Connor, the almost self-mocking, weepy steel guitars of Sonny Garrish and Doyle Grisham and, most strikingly, the harmony vocals of Wendy Waldman. A California folk rocker, Waldman has a bright, sharp voice that complements McEntire's husky, heart-in-the-throat approach. The album's overall impact is to reinforce the notion that McEntire, 30, is down-home in more than one way. She's from Oklahoma and she's also a direct, unabashedly emotional singer. (MCA)

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