Picks and Pans Review: Dana Mcvicker

updated 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Dana McVicker

There are worse things to say about a country singer than that she sounds like Brenda Lee—but that minor reservation is all that stands between McVicker and unstinting, pull-out-the-stops praise. Not exactly a newcomer, McVicker is a Baltimore-born, West Virginia-and-Florida-raised veteran of the Southeast's country music circuit, as well as of Ed McMahon's TV show Star Search. But this album is her first. Produced by Bud Logan, it's a bright, attractively varied showcase for McVicker's talents. Mostly she's a traditional Tammy Wynette-Loretta Lynn kind of country singer, as she shows on the Harlan Howard-Ron Peterson classic I'm Loving the Wrong Man Again ("I knew as we danced that he had me/ He said what I needed to hear/ Now I've got him right where he wants me/ He's foolin', I'm fallin' and I don't even care"). But she can rock a little, as she demonstrates on the bouncy Rock-a-Bye Heart by Skip Ewing and Michael White, or do a little bit of mainstream mourning on the standby Wrong End of the Rainbow (Richard Leigh-Milton Blackford). While the hints of Brenda Lee huskiness in McVicker's true-toned, penetrating voice could be disconcerting—they sound enough alike to be sisters—they shouldn't interfere with anyone's enjoyment of this splendid debut. Country music has seen the arrival of a number of first-rate women singers in recent years—Reba McEntire, Kathy Mattea, Holly Dunn, K.T. Oslin, Nanci Griffith—but there's always room for one more when the one more is as talented as McVicker. (Capitol)

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