Picks and Pans Review: King's Record Shop

updated 07/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Rosanne Cash

It's easy to lament the loss of the playful, coltish style Cash displayed when she broke in. It's even easier to lament that some of the musicians she worked with then—Albert Lee, Hank DeVito and her husband, Rodney Crowell—are no longer in her studio band. (Crowell produced this album, and DeVito's photograph of a Louisville store window inspired the title, but neither plays.) While there are plenty of talented people on this LP, including Randy Scruggs, Mark O'Connor and keyboardist Benmont Tench from Tom Petty's band, there is also some thuddingly obtrusive drumming by Vince Santoro and Eddie Bayers. So much for lamenting. Cash still has one of the most expressive voices and strongest instincts for rhythm in country music, and her more sober approach suits the material she and Crowell are choosing these days. The Way We Make a Broken Heart, a cynical approach to adultery by John Hiatt, is one example; Tench's Why Don't You Quit Leaving Me Alone, which Cash sings accompanied only by his affectingly sorrowful piano, is another. She is perfectly entitled to sing more serious songs if she wants to. She is, after all, 32. Let's do, however, throw a tarp over those drums. (Columbia)

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