Music: Tops in Pops

Linda Ronstadt: Hasten Down the Wind (Asylum). For a sweet country rocker, Linda sings a lot of sad songs. Now and then she tips her hat to mainstream rock 'n' roll— That'll Be the Day and a razzle-dazzle version of Heat Wave—but mostly Ronstadt has built her career singing about losers. Her new LP continues in the same vein. "Save me/ Free me/ From my heart this time," she implores in a voice edged with tears. The gentle reggae tune Rivers of Babylon blows a few of the clouds away, but nowhere does Ronstadt's...

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