September 08, 1986 12:00 PM

Marie Osmond

As sweet-voiced country singers go, Osmond can certainly compete with Louise and Barbara Mandrell or Sylvia. The songs and arrangements on this album, however, are so bland the effect is like diluting honey with water. There’s a marked change on You’re Still New to Me, where a duet with Paul Davis adds some texture. (Davis is the singer-composer who is recovering from a bullet wound incurred in a Nashville mugging in July.) And Mike Reid’s Everybody’s Crazy ‘Bout My Baby gives Marie a chance to sound as funky as she’s likely to get. Osmond, however, is only 26, and this is only her second solo album for Capitol Records. She and producer Paul Worley have time to refine their approach. (Capitol)

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