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With her dark, dusky, slightly mournful voice, and her affinity for love-gone-wrong songs, Gibbs is one of the most distinctive country singers. That's never been clearer than on this album. On one track, You Can't Run Away From Your Heart, Gibbs harmonizes with Linda Ronstadt; on another, Someone Must Be Missing You Tonight, Emmylou Harris backs up. Both Ronstadt's and Harris' styles are striking complements to Gibbs', and what wouldn't you give to hear a whole album of that kind of thing? Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea and Wendy Waldman also show up doing background vocals, which adds to the spark. There's a cleverly bittersweet new tune by Joe Chambers and Larry Jenkins, Rockin' in a Brand New Cradle: "Did you think your leavin' would be a big heart-breaker?/ Did you think you were such a good love-maker?/ Did you think I'd come crawlin' back on my knees,/Let you do anything you please?/Well, Daddy, your baby's been takin' candy from a stranger." Gibbs also covers the Aldridge-Brasfield tune Not Tonight, I've Got a Heartache, previously recorded by Larry Gatlin and Gus Hardin, in typically wry fashion. This is Gibbs' first album for her new label. If MCA gave up on her because she didn't seem to be living up to her 1981 Best New Female Vocalist of the Year award, it must have been commercially, not artistically. They don't come any more consistently enjoyable than Gibbs. (Warner Bros.)
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