Picks and Pans Review: Together Again

updated 11/10/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/10/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

George Jones and Tammy Wynette

This is the first LP in four years from Nashville's most prominent ex-married couple, and five years since divorcing they sound closer together—on record, anyway. The opening of the first track sets the tone: "We're just a pair of old sneakers/Stringing each other along/Sometimes I feel just like a heel/I know in my soul that it's wrong." Jones, of course, is Music City's vocal master of the lovelorn trouble entendre, and this album's full of hide'n'cheat, flirtin'n'hurtin' phrases. Right in the Wrong Direction (by J. Taylor and R.J. Jones) says it all in the title. It's also got lots of nifty pedal steel guitar fills. And who else but G&T could get away with lines like "We're two lonely ships passing in the night/ We can't let tonight pass us by"? The power of this LP is superb musicianship, harmonies that intuitively entwine and pure country arrangements (produced by Billy Sherrill). No one packs more passion and pathos per syllable than Jones. This is not only one of the year's finest Nashville releases; it certainly also makes a strong case for amicable divorces.

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