November 09, 1987 12:00 PM

Juice Newton

Those who have admired the flashes of rock ‘n’ roll in past Newton albums may be a little disappointed that this one is almost all straight-on country music. It’s very enjoyable straight-on country music, though, with Newton tapping into most of the basic emotional reservoirs of the genre. She does the Deborah Allen-Rafe VanHoy tune If I Didn’t Love You, which works for Newton as well as it did for Allen. She jerks a tear or two with I Still Love You, by her longtime collaborator, Otha Young. (They’re not married; Newton’s spouse is a pro polo player, Tom Good-speed.) Reed Nielsen’s First Time Caller, which is as up-tempo as things get, is a tune about a phone-in radio show and bounces along nicely. Assuming that the slight variation in pace represents a mood and not a career change, there’s nothing to worry about, Newton fans. We’re still talking about a first-class country singer. (RCA)

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