Picks and Pans Review: Strong Weakness

updated 01/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Bellamy Brothers

The Bellamys—two brothers and assorted buddies-have recorded such winsome country hits as Dancin' Cowboys, Let Your Love Flow and one of the cleverest of the word-play tunes, If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me? This album, however, also includes the herkiest-jerkiest of country-Western's ersatz reggae tunes, Almost Jamaica, and David Bellamy's bitter The Night They Killed Country Music (which he attributes to playing a club whose clientele was more interested in a mechanical bull than in music). The LP also carries the Bellamys' idiotic No. 1 single, written by David, Redneck Girl: "Her hands are calloused but her heart is tender." The song is condescending and sexist; the Bellamys ought to be embarrassed about it.

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