Picks and Pans Review: Making Believe

updated 11/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn

It's their 10th duet album, but their first in seven years. This raises a natural question—to which the answer is, "They're better than ever." Loretta's twinges and Conway's twangs, laid over two flexible, true-toned voices, make for a combined sound that is distinctive and musical. The only thing that keeps this from being an all-time memorable country album is that part of it—five of 10 tunes—has been memorable before, having appeared on previous Lynn-Twitty albums. Since this is not a discount record, that seems like a bit of a cheat for the pair's longtime fans. The new cuts, though, are models of the genre, including Faded Love by Bob and John Wills, Half as Much by Curley Williams and a touching version of Hank Williams' I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You). What with George and Tammy not exactly a twosome anymore and Dolly and Porter showing no signs of rejoining forces, Conway and Loretta seem to be basically without peer as a twosome, at least until Pavarotti and Sutherland get together again. (MCA)

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