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Picks and Pans Review: I Prefer the Moonlight

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Kenny Rogers

Sounding much less like a superannuated rock ‘n’ roller and much more like the ingratiating pop singer who became a Nashville sensation, Rogers seems more at home on this album than he has in years. There are a couple of the story tunes at which Rogers is so adept: Bud McGuire’s The Factory and Reed Nielsen’s I Don’t Call Him Daddy. There’s the surefire She’s Ready for Someone To Love Her, a Tommy Rocco/ Jerry Gillespie/Charlie Black tune previously recorded by Jerry Reed. Kim Carnes and Juice Newton make evident background contributions, and there’s a Rogers/Ronnie Milsap duet on Make No Mistake, She’s Mine, a Carnes tune that she and Barbra Streisand recorded in 1984. While there seem to be thousands of swooning violins intruding on the proceedings, the general tone is relaxed. The best thing about Rogers is that he’s easy to like, and he takes full advantage of that trait on this record. (RCA)