Free Press Review of "A Picture of Me"

Lorrie Morgan: A Picture of Me (Goldenlane CD, 54:38). In the second of her two new albums, country superstar Morgan records new vocals for eight of her hits and then records eight more songs, including a fabulous acoustic set of four that includes one song by herself and three (2 making their debut) written or co-written by her late husband, Keith Whitley. Morgan proves to be in fine voice on both albums.

Morgan was the first female country artist to have three albums in a row be certified platinum. Re-worked here are her first chart-topper, 1990's "Five Minutes," and "What Part of No," which also reached number one. (Her third No. 1, "I Didn't Know My Own Strength," is not included here.) Also with new vocals are 1991's pretty "Something in Red" and the disc's title track, 1996's "Don't Worry Baby" (which she recorded with the Beach Boys for their "Stars and Stripes Vol. 1" album), and the lively "Except for Monday."

The new recordings include covers of Tammy Wynette's "Till I Can Make It on My Own," George Jones' "Loving You Could Never Be Better," Billy Sherrill's "Take Me to Your World" and Dottie West's "Here Comes My Baby." The two previously unreleased songs, part of the excellent acoustic set that closes the album, are "I Went Crazy for Awhile" and "Hopelessly Yours," written and co-written, respectively, by Whitley. Also in the acoustic set are Morgan's own co-written "Mirror Mirror," with nice Spanish guitar, and the Whitley co-written "Wherever You Are Tonight." The acoustic set has an appealing intimacy. Grade: A

The new cd is now available everywhere music is sold!