Picks and Pans Review: A Place Called Love

updated 05/04/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/04/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Judy Rodman

One track doesn't make an album of course, but when the song is Bob Dylan's I'll Be Your Baby Tonight and the performance is as smoothly seductive as Rodman's is in this instance, it makes for quite a large down payment. In any case, this LP is far from being merely a one-joke act. Rodman, 35, is a Riverside, Calif.-born composer-singer with an unmistakable country twang despite her West Coast background. When she released her first album last year it was to substantial acclaim, and a single taken from this one, Girls Ride Horses Too, has already appeared on the country charts. Her song selection demonstrates that she has a judicious sense of language as well as melody. It's also laudable that she hired as backup vocalists a number of the composers whose tunes appear on the LP. Janis Ian and Thorn Schuyler join in on I Want a Love Like That for instance, Pam Rose and Mary Ann Kennedy show up for What's a Broken Heart and Lisa Silver lends her voice to Love Is a Winding Road. While the large, pretentiously formal string section that appears on a number of tracks seems superfluous at best, the rest of the music on the album is easily worth fighting through a few cellos and violas to enjoy. (MTM)

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