Picks and Pans Review: Still Hung Up on You

updated 04/29/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/29/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bill Medley

The old Righteous Brother can still wail away with a bluesy, white-soul rasp. (His last tour with ex-partner Bobby Hatfield was in 1983.) Listen to Is There Anything I Can Do? or Bob McDill's mournfully wise Women in Love on this album. Medley has also, however, made a dreadful mistake. It may be related to the fact that two men produced this album, one for each side. The side that has the two songs mentioned above was produced by RCA producer Mark Wright. The other, produced by Nashville veteran Jerry Crutchfield, is generally less gutsy; more important, Crutchfield let Medley record his own tune Old Friend. It is a sodden, ludicrous "tribute" to Elvis Presley. Even the most devout Elvis admirer would have to cringe at such lines as "If I listen real close in the still of the night/I can hear you sayin' you're all right/I close my eyes, open my soul/Touch the king of Rock 'n' Roll." Coming at the end of an otherwise admirable album, the tune is a real shock. It's like hearing someone you like tell a gross, unfunny joke at a party. (RCA)

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