Picks and Pans Review: A Change in the Weather

updated 02/19/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/19/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

Clive Gregson and Christine Collister

This English singing duo from Manchester may be familiar to some American audiences as backup singers to Richard Thompson. And as this, their second album to be released in the States, indicates, they have inherited from Thompson and his former singing partner and ex-wife, Linda the mantle" of the most substantial couple in the British fiefdom of folk rock.

Songwriter Gregson has come up with a handful of lovely, somewhat mournful compositions. His voice meshes wonderfully with Collister's on such duets as "This Is the Deal." But in some ways preferable are such songs as "Blessing in Disguise," "Talent Will Out" and "How Weak I Am," which she carries herself. Collister has a deliciously dusky voice that resembles Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, with a little bit of Bonnie Bramlett thrown in for good measure.

She also performs a cover of the early Elvis Presley song "Tryin' to Get to You" that manages to be simultaneously emotional and understated. The second half of A Change in the Weather rocks harder, with faster but essentially weaker songs such as "Voodoo Doll" and "Standing in the Shadow."

As a listener you find yourself, as you do with Jackson Browne, playing the part of dolor's advocate. Not to wish Gregson and Collister ill, but they're so much better when they sound a little depressed. (Rhino)

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