Beth Johnson
February 20, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Whisper

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jim Lauderdale
genre
Country

We gave it a B

After several country-rock albums, Lauderdale (who’s penned hits for George Strait and Patty Loveless) returns to his roots on this well-crafted Grand Ole Opry-and-pedal-steel homage. Heartache and two-timing reign, but the highlight is the joyous mountain gospel “I’ll Lead You Home.” Although full of good intentions, Whisper doesn’t quite grab the heart, and groaners like “Your lips must have magnets” don’t help. B

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