Picks and Pans Review: Patty Loveless

updated 02/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Patty Loveless

With a name like that, what else could the daughter of a Kentucky coal miner do but become a country singer? Just as well too. While she doesn't have the twang of that other miner's offspring, Loveless does have something of the same unaffected passion in her voice, and she also has a little of the country rock charge of Rosanne Cash. She put in her time on the small club circuit in the Carolinas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Ohio, and now, at 30, Loveless has achieved a mix of freshness and knowing experience in her singing style. This debut album includes her hit single from last year, Lonely Days, Lonely Nights, by Karen Staley, one of Guy Clark's typically lively tunes, You Are Everything, and Jim Rushing's nicely mournful Slow Healing Heart ("nothin' moves slower than a..."). Harry Stinson's and Vince Gill's backup vocals provide effective complements. There are a couple of flat spots—in mood if not in tone—but nothing too disconcerting. With such people as Loveless. Judy Rodman and Holly Dunn, these are good times for those who admire country ladies' singing. (MCA)

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