Picks and Pans Review: American Made

updated 04/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Oak Ridge Boys

So egregiously bad it almost seems at times to be a parody of vocal-group country music, this LP could give the U.S.A. a bad name. The songs are uninspired—You're the One, by Rock Killough, and You Made It Beautiful, by Richard Kerr and Troy Seals, are no more interesting than their pedestrian titles. She's Not Just Another Pretty Face is sung by bass Richard Sterban in such a dreary slur it sounds as if the turntable is spinning at about 27 rpm. The title song is obvious: "Seems everything I buy these days has got a foreign name," but of course, there's always the "American maid" with her "silky long hair" and "sexy long legs." Any country album is in a lot of trouble when the most vigorous part of it is its studio brass section. That's the case with this one.

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