Picks and Pans Review: Rosie Flores

updated 10/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Rosie Flores

The San Antonio-born Flores, 32, has a throwback country voice that raises warm thoughts of Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells. She and producer Pete (Dwight Yoakam) Anderson also fit that voice nicely into a combination of venerable tunes—Carl Perkins' Turn Around and Freddie Hart's Lovin' in Vain—and fresh material such as Heartbreak Train ("Well, what's your locomotive for leavin' me alone?"), which Flores wrote with Pleasant Gehman and Albert Lee. Lee himself is not, alas, among the backup musicians, but David Hidalgo of Los Lobos shows up on accordion to happy effect on Midnight to Moonlight, and the arrangements all have an honest, unfussy appeal. There's also a tune by Harlan Howard and Bobby Braddock, God May Forgive You (But I Won't)—"You may be heaven-bound/ But you've made one hell of a mess here at home"—that sounds reminiscent of Lyle Lovett's recent God Will, except that the Howard-Braddock tune was written in 1981. Flores in any case has as much fun with that song as she does with all 10 tracks on the album, which is to say plenty. (Reprise)

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