Picks and Pans Review: Sunrise

updated 09/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Shelby Lynne

Even the most precocious 20-year-old woman probably hasn't accumulated enough heartbreak and melancholy perspective to be a full-fledged, lament-slinging country singer. But despite her youth, Lynne comes more than acceptably close to the mark.

Lynne sings in the hearty, rich tones of Shelly West and even shows a historical perspective that's refreshing in these times of pop music's rampant vanity, with singers all too often seeming all too enthralled with their own songs. Lynne does sing such new tunes as Mike Reid and Rory Michael Bourke's "The Hurtin' Side" and the Mark Barnette-Grady Ross Barnette-Ron Muir track "That's Where It Hurts" ("It hurts in Kansas City where we stood out in the rain/ In Omaha, Nebraska, where we boarded that old train"). But she also reaches back to the recent past for "This Time I Almost Made It," a hit for Barbara Mandrell, and goes even further back, to the 1930s, for the standard "I'm Confessin'." Except for an annoying fanfare over a key change, Lynne's rendition of Floyd Tillman's country classic "I Love You So Much It Hurts" is simple and direct enough to warrant favorable comparison with Patsy Cline's definitive version.

In an era when traditional country performers are enjoying a boomlet, Lynne's duets with George Jones have already brought her some positive attention. This, her first solo album, should bring her a lot more. (Epic)

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