Picks and Pans Review: Strong Enough to Bend

updated 10/31/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/31/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Tanya Tucker

Gone is the pouty posturing and the flouncing that have often marred Tucker's records in the past. This is just unpretentious, resonant country music with no distractions. There's a memorably homey image on the title song by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Don Schlitz: "Like a tree out in the backyard/Our love will last forever/If it's strong enough to bend." Chapman adds a sweet harmony vocal on that track. Tucker, who seems to have been around a long time for someone who is only 30, has refined her throaty style and is downright touching on Back on My Feet, where she also gets some delicate keyboard backing from Mitch Humphries. There's even one of those no-place-else-but-country-music tunes, Daddy and Home (a Jimmie Rodgers-Elise McWilliams standby), that Tucker brings off like a sweetheart of a daughter. Somebody make some room on that list of good ole gals. (Capitol)

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