Picks and Pans Review: Without Walls
Tammy Wynette doesn't need another duet partner. She has already gone mike-to-mike with George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Wayne Newton and even British techno outfit the KLE Nonetheless she has chosen to follow up last year's Honky Tonk Angels project with Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn by recording an album of more vocal collaborations and two solo turns.
The result is mixed. Though her sad tremolo resonates nicely alongside Lyle Lovett's baritone on "If You Were to Wake Up" and Elton John's on "A Woman's Needs," Wynette sounds uncomfortable breaking down walls with a few of her pop and country partners. Her performance with Sting on "Every Breath You Take" seems forced and misplaced, and neither Wynette nor Wynonna normally would bother with anything as hokey as their duet "Girl Thang." In the end the two solo tunes that book-end Without Walls are the best of the bunch. Maybe Wynette should go it alone more often. (Epic)