Picks and Pans Review: 40 Hour Week

updated 04/01/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/01/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST


In one recent week four of the top 75 albums on Billboard's country chart were by Alabama, so the group is obviously making somebody happy out there. But it's doing it in a prefabricated, passionless kind of way. The title tune is supposed to salute coal miners, autoworkers and truckers, among others. But it seems overly calculated, right down to the pictures of the four Alabamians on the sleeve, their faces smeared with ersatz grease. There's No Way includes the line, recited in breathy, ham-actor tones, "Baby, I'll always love you and I hope you know that." The musicianship is always professional. The Bob Corbin tune Can't Keep a Good Man Down has a nice macho strut to it, and if we have to have another paean to the South, If It Ain't Dixie (It Won't Do) will do. It's possible, though, to listen to this album a lot without getting very excited about it. (RCA)

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