May 28, 1984 12:00 PM

Mickey Gilley and Charly McClain

Gilley and McClain are among the slickest, most aggressive sounding of today’s country singers, which is all to their credit when they’re performing as soloists. Combining them, though, makes for an excess along the lines of too much chrome on a car. Somebody has to give a little in an effective duet, and neither Gilley nor McClain sounds in much of a giving vein on this record. Their version of the old Roy Orbison hit Candy Man is a spirited one, and the title tune, by Mark Wright, Warren Peterson and Bill Kenner, has its emotionally satisfying moments, but the rest of the album is, on too many occasions, shallow. The Right Stuff, for instance, is still another misguided attempt to wrestle that hot phrase of the popular culture into a country song (“Every beat of our hearts poundin’ with the rhythm of the right stuff”). Nowhere on the album are there any of those moments of real contact that are so nice to hear in the brand of duet singing associated with, say, Louise Mandrell and R.C Bannon, who have the advantage of being married to each other, or David Frizzell and Shelly West, who don’t. (Epic)

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