Picks and Pans Review: What She Does Best

updated 01/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Lynn Anderson

The genre police might start moseying after Anderson for including Under the Boardwalk on this album—what does a lady from North Dakota know about boardwalks? But then, back when she wasn't promising anybody any rose gardens, she wasn't promising to do only straight-on country music either. And more to the point, hers is an insinuatingly sexy, gritty version of that old Drifters hit, written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick. In any case, even strict constructionist country fans shouldn't complain too much. The rest of this album, Anderson's first in four years, is filled with tunes by such card-carrying down-home folks as David Lynn Jones (As Long as the Memory Survives), Thom Schuyler (What He Does Best) and that modern master Harlan Howard, whose Turn the Page includes this bit of face-the-facts language: "Turn the page/Close the door/I'm gone forevermore/ 'Cause whatever you want/You don't want it from me." Anderson sounds appealingly husky and hearty of voice. It seems as if she has been around for a long time, but she's only 41 and remains, along with such people as Pete Fountain, one of the most distinguished alumni of the Lawrence Welk band. (Mercury)

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