Picks and Pans Review: I Need a Break

updated 04/03/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/03/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Noah Gordon

Twenty-three-year-old Noah Gordon is a new arrival in the seemingly endless litter of young, good-looking pups all barking for attention in an overcrowded country kennel. The usual subjects are on display—jukeboxes, radios, broken or blossoming romance—but Gordon's enthusiastic delivery makes them all seem fresh. Most notable are the honky-tonkin' opening cut, "One Quarter at a Time," and "The Blue Pages," a rousing rocker with witty wordplay ("Look me up in the blue pages/ I'll be under still not over you"). In fact, the up-tempo tunes fare better than the ballads, which tend to meld together in a generic, albeit pleasant enough, sentimental stew. However, Gordon's toasty twang manages to make even the most average numbers memorable. (Patriot)

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