September 01, 1997 12:00 PM

Dan Fogelberg

One of the preeminent pop singer-songwriters of the 1970s and early ’80s, Fogelberg has been named as an influence by a number of country bigwigs, including Garth Brooks. It must be Fogelberg’s treacly tendencies that impressed the tediously sentimental Brooks. On this career-spanning four-CD boxed set, Fogelberg comes across less as a country boy than a closet rock and roller disguised as an easy-listening smoothie. His ornate ballads, such as “To the Morning,” are sometimes quite lovely, but his earnest delivery is better suited to up-tempo numbers like “Heart Hotels” and “Missing You.” On his 1985 album High Country Snows, represented here by two cuts, Fogelberg intentionally went Nashville with some success, but his songs often lack the emotional nuances and concise lyrics that one normally associates with Hank Williams, George Jones or any other great, regardless of musical genre. (Epic/Legacy)

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