Picks and Pans Review: X S in Moderation

updated 10/10/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/10/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Kostas

Here's the first album from a cherubic 45-year-old who has written at least a dozen Top 10 country hits for Patty Loveless ("Blame It on Your Heart"), Dwight Yoakam (the Grammy-winning "Ain't That Lonely Yet") and others. Kostas sings in a reedy, affecting contralto; if you didn't know better, you'd swear you were hearing Anne Murray with a cold. With its quavery vulnerability, Kostas's voice is more distinctive than the pipes of most of the stars for whom he toils. Dwight Yoakam's a great singer, but Kostas's version of "Ain't That Lonely Yet" just may make your neck hairs stand up. He's a taste worth acquiring. (Liberty)

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