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updated 07/01/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/01/1991 01:00AM

Lorrie Morgan

The fact that she used to tour with George Jones isn't the only thing Morgan has in common with Tammy Wynette. Like Wynette, Morgan is a country singer with a consistently regretful, almost acrid edge to her voice; neither of them, anyway, is likely to revive Donna Fargo's "Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A."

This is Morgan's second album, and while it will be hard put to match the commercial success of her 1989 solo debut, it does include a version of the old Little Anthony hit "Tears on My Pillow" that's full of pop poignancy, the relatively upbeat "Except on Monday" and a slick version of "A Picture of Me Without You," which is not only an old Jones hit but was cowritten by Tammy's current husband, George Richey. The less said about the corn-ball Morgan-Dolly Parton duet, "May the Best Woman Win," the better.

Morgan in any case has shown those hits off her first album weren't merely a sympathy vote because of the then recent death of her husband, Keith Whitley. She's a major-league country performer. (RCA)

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