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updated 05/13/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/13/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Tammy Wynette

Anyone who doubts that Tammy is no longer a stand-by-her-man gal need only look at some of the tearjerker song titles on this album: Every Time You Touch Her (Think of Me), You Can Lead a Heart to Love (But You Can't Make It Fall), It's Only Over for You and Breaking Away. She also reprises a song about one of her favorite subjects, d-i-v-o-r-c-e, The Party of the First Part, previously recorded by John Schneider. Nobody in Nashville musters quite as much pathos per twang as Wynette, so if it's empathy you're looking for, this is the place. The title song is a duet with Mark Gray (it's also on his current album) that effectively blends his roughness with her surface vulnerability. Wynette always sounds like the kind of woman who'd be able to see through her tears well enough to whack some joker with a two-by-four if the spirit moved her. (Epic)

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