Picks and Pans Review: One Love at a Time

updated 03/03/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/03/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Tanya Tucker

It's tough to get past Tucker's image sometimes. At 27 she has gone through well-publicized associations with such men as Glen Campbell, Gerry Cooney, Andy Gibb and Don Johnson. She is also a flamboyant self-promoter and overall gives the impression that size notwithstanding—she's 5'4½", 115 pounds—she's tough enough to play corner-back for the Bears. All of this has obscured the fact that she has a voice that is gutsy yet fine-toned. This album, produced with a welcome smidgeon of restraint by Jerry Crutch-field, shows that voice off to marvelous effect. Tucker does a couple of the story tunes she has had a lot of commercial success with, maintaining a sexy growl through Daddy Long Legs and giving some bite to I'll Come Back As Another Woman. She also packs a surprising amount of feeling into such ballads as Rick Peoples' and Roger Browns' Fool, Fool Heart and Still Hold On, previously recorded by Kim Carnes. So satisfyingly varied and paced is this album, in fact, that it conveys a sense of substance triumphing over style, which in a singer of Tucker's talent is something to encourage. (Capital)

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