Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 03/06/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/06/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

>GIPSY KINGS Six Frenchmen, the Gipsy Kings, introduce Gypsy rock to American audiences. (Elektra)

BLUEBIRD Somewhere over the rainbow, Emmylou Harris sings. (Warner Bros.)

NEW YORK No Liza Minnelli-ish paean here. It's angst rocker Lou Reed, surveying the Apple's rotten spots. (Sire)

DON'T TELL A SOUL The Replacements tone it down, but they remain one of rock's most potent young bands. (Sire/Reprise)

A NEW FLAME The surprisingly soulful Simply Red refines its funk and aims at a wider audience. (Elektra)

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