02/04/1980 at 01:00 AM EST
Tom T. Hall
Some tunes go straight to the heart. Others hit the funny bone or empty the tear ducts. Many of Tom T.'s compositions, however, hightail it right to the pancreas, where only insulin can deal with so much sweetness. Take, for instance, I Left You Some Kisses on the Door, in which a divorced father is addressing his daughter, or Greed Kills More People Than Whiskey, which is perhaps more sanctimonious than saccharine. There is even another Hall song on this LP involving puppies, The Different Feeling. (It may be coincidental that he does dog food commercials for TV.) What makes this album so maddening is that Hall is capable of amusing songs that live up to his sobriquet, the Storyteller, like Harper Valley P.T.A. or Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine in the past and You Show Me Your Heart and The Last Country Song here. Everyone would be better off if Hall went on a no-sugar diet.