Picks and Pans Review: Across the Rio Grande

updated 07/04/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/04/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Holly Dunn

Dunn's voice remains, on her third album, as lively and clean as a clear-running mountain stream. The Don Cook-Chick Rains title tune, about how alluring life in the U.S. could seem from the other side of the border, has a verse in Spanish, a touch of Mexico in the arrangement and a message that is poignant without being sloppy. Dunn's hoedown version of Billy Joel's Travelin' Prayer is effectively spiced by the exuberant pickin' and hackin' of an all-star backup band, including guitarists Mark Casstevens, Steve Gibson and Sonny Garrish and fiddler Mark O'Connor. The songs on this album are, however, generally more routine than those on Dunn's first two albums. If she were of a mind to point any blame at anyone, she'd poke herself in the nose, since she co-produced, with her brother, Chris Waters, and Warren Peterson. A typical track is On the Wings of an Angel, which Dunn wrote with Don Schlitz; it is too reminiscent of On the Wings of a Snow White Dove, with little to show for the similarity. By most standards this would be a splendid album, but Dunn, having spoiled her fans and admirers in the past, may have to pay the price of disappointing them now. (MTM)

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