Picks and Pans Review: A Memory Like You

updated 04/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

John Schneider

Schneider's transition from actor (in the idiotic TV series The Dukes of Hazzard) to accomplished country singer has to rank pretty high on the ridiculous-to-the-sublime scale. And though his singing style has inflections of George Jones, Merle Haggard and even, in his most cynical moments, Jim Croce, Schneider never seems like a copy. He's a warm, ingratiating performer who dares to do such things as the Sonny Curtis ballad, An Old Rainbow Jukebox and You, accompanied only by Curtis' acoustic guitar. It's a strange, abstract tune, about as close to Sondheim as country music ever gets, and Schneider lends it real poignancy. Most of this album is devoted to slow, end-of-the-romance songs that show how good the New York-born singer is at sounding laconically vulnerable. But The One Who Got Away is a lively, Steve Bogard-Charlie Black-Rory Bourke honky-tonker that shows how good Schneider is at sounding cleverly vulnerable: "Go and find yourself a tavern/Buy yourself a beer/Stick around long enough, you're bound to hear/Some fool like me talking 'bout the one who got away." (MCA)

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