Picks and Pans Review: Dreamin'
updated 07/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Mandrell is probably still best known as Barbara's little sister, which is too bad. She has a rich country-pop singing style and shows consistent good taste in songs. She is also an effective duet singer, and it seems a loss that she doesn't record any longer with her husband, R. C. Bannon. On one track on this LP, though—As Long As We Got Each Other—Mandrell sings with Eric Carmen. (Anyone remember his '70s group, the Raspberries?) They stir up some vocal chemistry that makes a pleasant tune into something more. Mandrell also zips through Maybe Baby, the Buddy Holly hit, and No Way to Treat a Lady, the Bryan Adams-Jim Vallance tune. Mandrell makes something memorable too out of the title song, Amanda McBroom's meditation on wishful thinking. This is the first Mandrell album Harold Shedd has co-produced. He is Alabama's producer, and Mandrell's approach, like theirs, has always been on the glossy side, so there is no major change in evidence. (RCA)