Picks and Pans Review: Bobbie Sue

updated 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Oak Ridge Boys

It's ominous enough when a group can turn an exhilarating tune like the Band's Up on Cripple Creek into an exercise in tedium, but on this LP the Oaks also humdrum their way through another likable old hit, the Fiestas' So Fine. This album contains a couple of pleasant country tunes—Old Kentucky Song and I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head (And Left My Heart Alone)—but even these are routinely performed. The title song, with its "Bob Bob Bob Bob Bobbie Sue" lyric, is more than a little reminiscent of Buddy Holly's Peggy Sue. It also smacks of teenage appeal, which is strange for a group whose name, anyway, was born 40 years ago in gospel singing.

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