Picks and Pans Review: The Electric Horseman Original Sound Track

updated 02/18/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/18/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

Half a Willie Nelson album may be better than no Willie Nelson album at all, but his five songs here cost you twice as much as they would in a full Willie Nelson album. He didn't write all this material, but does well by such works as Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys and So You Think You're a Cowboy. Let's face it, Nelson is our most evocative singer of any song with the word "cowboy" in the title. But to suit the mainstream audience that goes to see Robert Redford and Jane Fonda (Willie plays rodeo star Red-ford's manager), the country arrangements are diluted with strings. Side two is the kind of indistinct, disco-pop background music that the networks plug in before and after commercial time-outs during football games. The prettiest moment on side two, Interlude—Tumbleweed Morning—-with just a harmonica, a sustained double bass note and acoustic guitar chords—lasts about 30 seconds. Then it's back to sleep for Disco Magic and Freedom Epilogue.

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