Picks and Pans Review: You Light Up My Life—inspirational Songs

updated 10/27/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/27/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

LeAnn Rimes

Some kids have it; others don't. When 13-year-old Tanya Tucker sang her 1972 breakthrough hit "Delta Dawn," she already sounded like a wise old bird. Fifteen-year-old superstar LeAnn Rimes, on the other hand, belts out the songs on her third album like a naive talent-show queen. Although she puts some unscripted sass into "God Bless America," Rimes sounds clueless on the other covers of classic songs, bringing none of Bette Midler's hard-won valor to "The Rose" or Paul Simon's somber resoluteness to "Bridge over Troubled Water." These Inspirational Songs have little to do with keeping your chin up. They're all about Rimes's booming voice; and frankly, after three albums in the last 14 months, it's high time to give it a rest. (Curb)

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