April 09, 1984 12:00 PM

Kathy Mattea

A 24-year-old West Virginian (her father was a chemical-plant worker), Mattea is a country-pop singer who worked in Nashville as a waitress, secretary and Country Music Hall of Fame tour guide while waiting for her break. Sure enough, here it is. Mattea has a warm, husky voice reminiscent of Anne Murray’s, and indeed a couple of songwriters Murray uses, Bob McDill and Kerry Chater, collaborated with Hunter Moore on one of this album’s most pleasant tunes, You’ve Got a Soft Place to Fall. There’s also a nicely turned lost-love song, You Know That I Do (And I Know That You Won’t), a cover of Barry Manilow’s hit Somewhere Down the Road and a different sort of religious song, God Ain’t No Stained Glass Window. Mattea may not have the most revolutionary sound around, but her material is especially good. For someone making her first LP (the track Street Talk was released as a single last year), she is an edifyingly polished, satisfying performer. (Polygram)

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