Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 05/22/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/22/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>STRAIGHT TO THE SKY Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam deliver a righteous rap on the noggin of those boys who just want to have fun. (Columbia)

BEACHES That rare sound-track album that outstrips the movie it came from, here is an unmistakable reminder of the fact that when Bette Midler turned film star, Hollywood's gain was pop music's loss.

WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN, VOL. II A country music version of a quilting bee, this colorful Nitty Gritty Dirt Band collection includes guest shots by everyone from Rosanne Cash to Earl Scruggs. (Universal)

SOMETHING REAL After an eight-year hiatus, Phoebe Snow picks up where she left off, with her intense, on-the-money vocal style intact. (Elektra)

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