Picks and Pans Review: Starting Over

updated 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Reba McEntire

Platinum-plus country star Reba McEntire's new album of songs that have influenced her, Starting Over, isn't a trip back to her pure Nashville roots. It is a collection of near-pop country classics (a lugubrious "I Won't Mention It Again" made famous by Ray Price) and mothballed pop hits (a struggling-to-soar "On My Own," written by Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach). McEntire's middling voice does just fine with Dave Loggins' treacly "Please Come to Boston," but her ersatz ire on "You're No Good" only reminds us how much stronger a singer Linda Ronstadt is. As for McEntire's version of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On," you keep hanging on, disbelieving her attempt at it. If karaoke means ill-advisedly singing your favorite tunes in front of a crowd, then call this countryoke. (MCA)

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