July 30, 1984 12:00 PM

Juice Newton

Newton leans a little harder on the rock side of her country-rock style than some of her competitors do. Every once in a while, though, she’ll pull out something like the old Ray Charles hit ballad You Don’t Know Me, as she does on this album. She has a respectful but not condescending touch with that kind of material. Nobody would mistake her for Emmylou Harris, let alone Kitty Wells, but there is still enough down-home naïveté in her approach to keep her in the country record bins. This LP also includes another oldie, the Chris Montez hit from 1962, Let’s Dance, all gussied up in a slightly overproduced version that is listed as “recorded live at the New Jersey Institute for the Very, Very Gullible.” (It was actually recorded in the studio, as was the rest of the album.) More consistent with Newton’s style is Eye of a Hurricane—written by her longtime companion Otha Young and Reed Nielsen—which has a driving rhythm background and suitably tempestuous, though romantic, lyrics. (You Don’t Hear) The One That Gets You by Van Stephenson and Jan Buckingham is twangier, but fun too. That’s really the tone of the whole project—upbeat, danceable, lighthearted, good-time music. (RCA)

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