Picks and Pans Review: Some Hearts

updated 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Everly Brothers

Redoing the Beach Boys' standby Don't Worry Baby was a real inspiration. Even if the Everlys do have to sing the lines, "I guess I should have kept my mouth shut/ When I started to brag about my car/ But I can't back down now/ Because I pushed the other guys too far," it's fun to hear them sing the tune with the faintest tinge of imitation—while the real Beach Boys chime in on background harmonies. It amounts to a tribute from one of the most uniquely talented acts in pop music to another. A couple of other tracks on this album, Some Hearts and Every Single Solitary Heart, generate the lovely, vaguely dreamy quality of many of the Everlys' most memorable songs. And their backup band, including Albert Lee on guitar and Pete Wingfield and John Hobbs on keyboards, suits them with jigsaw-puzzle precision. The Everlys seem to miss somewhat the eclecticism of Dave Edmunds, who produced their two previous albums, which included material by such people as Mark Knopfler and Paul McCartney. Most of the songs this time were at least co-written by one of the brothers. (Every Single Solitary Heart, however, is a John Hiatt-Mike Porter composition.) They're effective, perfectly listenable tunes, but they nonetheless leave this album somewhere short of the Edmunds-produced EB 84 and Born Yesterday. Which means basically that instead of being overwhelming it's only a total success. (Mercury/ PolyGram)

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