Picks and Pans Review: Heroes
Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings
When Cash and Jennings duet, it's a peculiar combination—a little like a sandwich that's made out of a sirloin steak and a pork chop. Indeed, their voices seem unappetizingly mushed together in the title track, a droning bit of homage to the virtues of cowboys (the LP is dedicated to 1940s Western movie hero Lash LaRue) written by Jennifer Kimball and Tom Kimmel. But at their best, Cash and Jennings manage to sound like a couple of tough old buddies reminiscing in a bar. They offer a collection of gritty songs such as Kris Kristofferson's Love Is the Way, Bob Dylan's One Too Many Mornings and I'm Never Gonna Roam Again, in which Jennings sings, "Changed my mind so many times/ I don't know where I stand/ Lucky I can even stand at all." Both these men know what it's like to pick themselves up, and few singers in country music are their equal at making hard-times songs sound heartfelt. They deserve a tip of a 10-gallon. (Columbia)
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