Picks and Pans Review: Critic's Choice

updated 10/30/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/30/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

>CROSSROADS Tracy Chapman returns with a second lean, topical disc of folk songs for no-nonsense folk. (Elektra)

ESCAPE FROM HAVANA Few rappers rhyme in Spanish or accuse their ladies of lying in confession. Mellow Man Ace does both on one novel album. (Capitol)

CRY LIKE A RAINSTORM—HOWL LIKE THE WINDLinda Ronstadt doesn't sing standards or the songs of her father, just the supple pop rock she's made her own from the beginning. (Elektra)

PEACE AND LOVE The Pogues bring their Irish folk sound, guests unpack horns, and Shane MacGowan liberally shares the vocals and the beer. (Island)

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