Picks and Pans Review: Black & White
Janie, née Fricke, has changed the spelling of her last name so that it now looks the way it sounds. Other than that, she's in the same basic mode, perhaps softening it a little with a collection of songs heavy on tales of sufferin' country gals. The Buck Moore-Mentor Williams song When a Woman Cries, in fact, deserves to join Standby Your Man in the gingham lament hall of fame, with such lines as, "When a woman cries/ The teardrops make her strong...Life's disappointments become drops of pain/ To nourish the courage/ To try love again." Johnny Mears's smooth paean to devotion, Always Have, Always Will and Nothing Left To Say, by David Stephenson and Randy Jackson, give Frickie a chance to emote a little, too. If there's no new ground broken, this is still an entertaining album, especially for any women who are of a melancholy (and maybe recklessly loyal) frame of mind. (Columbia)
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