Picks and Pans Review: Where's the Fire

updated 05/27/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/27/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Leon Everette

Although he has had 11 Top-10 country singles, Everette is still not well-known nationally. That may be due to his relaxed, unaffected delivery and the fact that he does not have one of those lush, Haggardish country voices. (Everette sounds more like Johnny Paycheck in a calm mood, or what Paycheck might sound like if he ever became calm.) Bill and Sharon Rice wrote most of the tunes on the LP, but there's also a hearty up-tempo song by Roger Murrah, A Good Love Died Tonight. Everette, 36, is a South Carolinian who served on the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea and worked for a power company before settling into a music career. He has gone through four record labels already, so this is a man who's been around. Those rough edges may contribute to what has developed into a very natural style. After all, it's not everyone who can get away with singing such freshly shucked corn pone as (You're Never Guilty) When Love Is Your Alibi, He's Taking Up Where I Left Off and I Still Love Your Body. (Polygram)

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