Picks and Pans Review: They Don't Make Them Like They Used to

updated 02/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Kenny Rogers

Obviously still suffering from a compulsion to change producers for every album, Rogers has turned to Jay Graydon and a few other new hands. Next thing you know, Kenny will try Jimmy Jam and come out sounding like Janet Jackson. In fact on one cut of this album, You're My Love, sometime funkster El Debarge sings a very apparent backup to Rogers, and the result sounds a lot like a gay duet. Most of the rest of the LP is equally inappropriate. Rogers even sounds dispirited on Twenty Years Ago, which Juice Newton recorded much more profitably, and on They Don't Make Them Like They Used To, the Bacharach-Sager theme from the movie Tough Guys. Never has a performer seemed to be in such a desperate search for a style as Rogers does these days. (RCA)

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