Picks and Pans Review: That's the Way Love Goes

updated 10/17/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Merle Haggard

Maybe Haggard became a singer so he could stay busy enough to keep out of trouble; this is his 52nd album in the last 18 years. Anyway, it's a typically solid mix, most notable for the title song, a Lefty Frizzell-S.D. Shafer composition, and Haggard's own What Am I Gonna Do (With the Rest of My Life) and Don't Seem Like We've Been Together All Our Lives. There's also a now bittersweet tune he wrote with his since-estranged wife, Leona Williams, Someday When Things Are Good. Haggard's band, the Strangers, is in fine form—Don Markham's sax always adds a distinctive touch—and so is the boss's mellow voice.

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