Picks and Pans Review: What If We Fall in Love

updated 09/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris

What might have happened: These two singers, with two of the best voices in country music, get together and bring out the best in each other. Morris quiets down Gayle's tendencies to sing every song as if she were doing a musical version of War and Peace; Gayle enlivens Morris' sometimes too-quiet approach. What, unfortunately, happened in fact: Someone decided that Morris should not just sidle over in Gayle's musical direction, but try to out-belt her. The strain in his voice often sounds painful, even on otherwise pleasant tunes such as Reminisce or Who's Going to Love You Like Me? (both Pat Bunch/Mary Ann Kennedy/Pam Rose songs). There's a grand-scale pretention that makes the album almost tiring to listen to, and while they're supposed to be singing to each other about love, Gayle and Morris often project the feeling that they're not courting so much as competing. (Warner Bros.)

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