Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 05/01/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>MR. JORDAN Julian Lennon shows enough renewed promise to keep himself off the has-been-never-was pile for a while. (Atlantic)

LIKE A PRAYER There's too much shock, but Madonna has her subtle moments; anyway, who can ignore her? (Sire)

YELLOW MOON A happy situation: taking-the Neville Brothers out of New Orleans (the boys seem to want to go national) doesn't mean taking New Orleans out of the Brothers. (A & M)

NICK OF TIME In a textbook example of a pop singer maturing without turning stodgy, Bonnie Raitt considers the bluesier aspects of turning 40. (Capitol)

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