Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 03/27/1989 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/27/1989 01:00AM

>SOUTHERN STAR A philosophical question: Is this album by Alabama, under new producers Josh Leo and Barry Beckett, old wine in a new bottle, new wine in an old bottle or maybe even new wine in a new bottle? Anyway, it goes down very smoothly. (RCA)

SPIKE Such guests as Paul McCartney and Chrissie Hynde help Elvis Costello get to the point of 14 songs running from pop to folk to a political tune about Margaret Thatcher. (Warner Bros.)

DON'T TELL A SOUL

They've toned down the rabble-rousing attitude—it's more like rabble-cultivating now—but the Replacements still kick up a rock and roll fuss. (Sire/Reprise)

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