Picks and Pans Review: One

updated 07/31/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/31/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

George Jones & Tammy Wynette

It's a good thing these two have each other again. Much of the mediocre material on the former husband-and-wife duo's first album together since 1980 isn't exciting enough to take off without the magic of their blending voices. It's hard to imagine a solo Wynette or Jones making "It's an Old Love Thing" more than just another clunky, middle-aged romantic sentiment. And "They're Playing Our Song"—country's latest hats-off to its old-timers—doesn't break new ground for either.

What makes One spectacular, though, is hearing how comfortably Jones's bear hug of a baritone snuggles up to his ex-wife's weepy tremolo. They play a feuding couple on "If God Met You" with the comic finesse that only a pair who have survived their share of real-life showdowns could possibly muster. And when their voices merge on the rousing chorus of "Will You Travel Down This Road with Me," the result is a beautiful choirlike effect that nearly matches the sparkle of their '70s classic "Golden Ring." (MCA)

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