Nicolette Larson

...Say When

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Say When is where the country-rock singer signed to MCA and dove headfirst into contemporary country. The bright, punchy sound is far removed from the lush, hazy SoCal soft rock of her five albums with Warner and it's right in line with the crisp sound coming of Nashville in the mid-'80s. Appropriately enough, Say When was produced by MCA Nashville president Tony Brown and Emory Gordy, Jr., who took pains to make sure it sounded crisp, propulsive, and poppy -- which it did, apart from a pair of closing ballads that could've slipped onto one of her Laurel Canyon records. None of the three singles -- "When You Get a Little Lonely," "Only Love Will Make It Right," and "Building Bridges" -- did much on the country charts but the record stands as a strong slice of Reagan-era commercial country.

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