Picks and Pans Review: Shake Hands with the Devil

updated 10/08/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/08/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Kris Kristofferson

On the surface, this seems like a comeback for Kristofferson, 43, whose composing of late has, as he might put it, gone to the devil, lord. But most of the satisfying tunes on this LP are oldies he seems to have dragged out of a trunk: Michoacan, from his 1971 film, Cisco Pike; the title tune, written in 1970; Seadream, which has something to do with his 1976 movie, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea; and the delightful Once More with Feeling, a 1970 collaboration with Shel Silverstein. Tom Ghent's Whiskey, Whiskey, which Kristofferson renders with enough of his old rye approach to make one weep, is also from 1970. While there's nothing wrong with singing old songs, of course—this is vintage K.K.—it's ominous that the three new tunes on the album are so nondescript. We may have gained a movie star, but we sure seem to have lost a songwriter.

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