Picks and Pans Review: Shine on

updated 05/23/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/23/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

George Jones

It might not be smart to depend on old George to deliver a message, or take care of your lawn, or turn off the nuclear power plant every day at 6. But when it comes to making country records, he's as reliable as a proud old mule. This album includes his hit single Shine On (Shine All Your Sweet Love on Me), the typically self-mocking 0l' George Stopped Drinking Today (a play on his 1980 hit He Stopped Lovin' Her Today) and I'd Rather Have What We Had. On the last, after the lines "sneaking around with me/ Bein' tied down with me/ Which one would you rather have?" he adds, parenthetically, "be honest"—wringing the phrase out in a near sob that somehow sums up the bare emotion of country music.

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