Picks and Pans Review: Drinkin' from the Bottle, Singin' from the Heart

updated 10/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bobby Bare

Shel Silverstein has written some of the most felicitously clever country tunes of recent years, from A Boy Named Sue to Bare's hit Red Neck Hippie Romance. This album includes nine Silverstein songs, which may be overdoing a good thing, especially since one of the nine is the tasteless Three-Legged Man, about a man who runs off with both the wife and artificial limb of another. (The refrain goes, "I'm a three-legged man with a two-legged woman bein' chased across the country by a one-legged fool.") Then there's Diet Song: "Pass me a carrot stick/Peel me a prune/A glass of skim milk and that's all." There is some helpful pace changing with two of Silverstein's mellower numbers, Time and Someplace to Come When It Rains. Bare's straightforward approach complements Silverstein's writing nicely, not overdoing the jokes or the shmaltz.

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