Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

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

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

>ALIENS ATE MY BUICK Techno-popper Thomas Dolby spins his wheels occasionally but generally motors cleverly through his third album. (EMI-Manhattan)

SIGNATURES Five of Nashville's most talented composers—including Rhonda Fleming and Bob McDill—put their mouths where their money is, singing their own tunes on an LP of sprightly country music. (RCA)

PAT MCLAUGHLIN Blues rock meets its Waterloo, or at least its newest Waterloo, Iowa, disciple, in McLaughlin's debut album, an effective musical comment on the frazzled life. (Capitol)

THIS NOTE'S FOR YOU Veteran rocker Neil Young, with the help of his Bluenotes and a spry collection of tunes, proves there's life in the middle-aged boy yet. (Reprise)

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