Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>TRACY CHAPMAN A touch of Joan Armatrading, a bit of '60s folk, a lot of powerful singing make Chapman a striking new arrival. (Elektra)

HARRY CONNICK JR. A very young New Orleans jazz pianist, Connick shows a very assured touch over a wide variety of styles. (Columbia)

SCENES FROM THE SOUTHSIDE Bruce Hornsby and the Range have defined a new genre: progressive country rock fusion. (RCA)

CHALK MARK IN A RAINSTORM With the unexpected help of such people as Billy Idol and Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell adds another filigree to her unique wing of the pop music edifice. (Geffen)

SERIOUS SLAMMIN' Doing serious struttin' and seducin' too, the Pointer Sisters make you sit up and take notice, if not get up and dance. (RCA)

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