Picks and Pans Review: Angel Band

updated 08/24/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/24/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Emmylou Harris

In some ways this is an answer to a Christian country music fan's prayers: Harris, fronting an all-acoustic band, singing gospel songs in that heavenly voice. The album ends up, however, sounding just a bit dispirited. The songs, such as Precious Memories, Someday My Ship Will Sail and If I Be Lifted Up, are very low-key—comforting, maybe, yet never really inspiring. It's also a little deflating that the bass vocals by Harris' co-producer, the estimable country bass player Emory Gordy Jr., are on the wishy-washy side, wasting a potentially dramatic vocal contrast. It's all like a decent sermon that will keep the congregation satisfied but is not likely to win many converts. (Warner Bros.)

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