Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 05/23/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/23/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>ALL OUR LOVE To say Gladys Knight and the Pips are better than they've been in years is to say a lot. (MCA)

COME ON JOE Well-seasoned after years of roaming the bayous, Joel Sonnier makes a pungent LP breakthrough at 42 with a Louisiana-flavored country album. (RCA)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Michael Crawford, anguishing as the stage door Jean of the title, helps composer Andrew Lloyd Webber silence his critics. (Polydor)

THAT'S THAT The Incredible Casuals break in some splashy, melodic rock. (Rounder)

TIME AND TIDE The Polish-born singer Basia mixes jazz, pop and Brazilian inflections in a blend that could revive the word "cool." (Epic)

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