Picks and Pans Review: Little Love Affairs

updated 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Nanci Griffith

Griffith's voice is a kind of buttermilky acquired taste: biting, tangy, sharply defined. It is also a taste well worth acquiring. This, her second major album, is prime country music. Co-produced by the singer and Tony Brown (who has worked with Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett), the LP would be a treasure even if it contained nothing other than Griffith's version of Never Mind, a Harlan Howard tune about a near-miss romance that includes a classic line: "I first saw you pickin' oranges in Orlando/ And all day you kept your ladder close to mine." There's more to savor, such as Griffith's duet with Mac McAnally on Gulf Coast Highway. Every once in a while Griffith turns up the nasal quality a notch too much, but every singer should have such problems as a distinctive, penetrating voice like hers and a marvelous instinct for intelligent songs to go with it. (MCA)

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