Picks and Pans Review: Roll on

UPDATED 03/19/1984 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/19/1984 at 01:00 AM EST


The four Alabamans—Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, Mark Herndon and Randy Owen—have found themselves a gold-paved groove smack down the middle of the C&W road, and on this, their fifth album, they ride it with a vengeance. It's the same path followed most profitably by miscellaneous country Boys and Brothers before. There's always a clever title or two—Robert Byrne's and Alan Schulman's The End of the Lyin' in this case. There's some basic Nashville fodder—Dave Loggins' Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler). There's something for the folks—the Gentry-Owen-Greg Fowler tune The Boy, about a father and his son, and Owen's Food on the Table, about a man and his family. It's hard to get very emotional about any of this. The album is best thought of as something that doesn't demand a lot of concentration—one for the road. (RCA)

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