Picks and Pans Review: That Feeling Inside

updated 04/14/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/14/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Mark Gray

It's ironic that Gray should have a hit single, Please Be Love, off this album. The tune, by J.D. Martin and Jim Photoglo, is decent enough as glossy pop music goes, with a busy arrangement and an ostentatious beat. Gray's voice is tough and penetrating, so he doesn't get lost in the mix. The irony comes because this is still basically a routine track and hardly reflective of what Gray does best: establish an emotional connection and sing direct, personal songs in his growly Mississippi voice. He does that most affectingly elsewhere on the album, with his own quiet That Feeling Inside and a boogie-woogie flavored version of the old Patsy Cline hit Walkin' After Midnight It's almost as if there are two separate albums, one of familiar, easy-to-assimilate country pop, the other of the gritty, honky-tonk piano-man music that makes Gray such a distinctive performer. (Columbia)

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