Picks and Pans Review: Killbilly Hill

updated 07/14/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/14/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Southern Pacific

Having established itself last year as a first-class country-rock band, this collection of veteran musicians follows up nicely on that initial success with a good-natured set of rough, hearty tunes. Keyboardist Glenn D. Hardin and bass player Jerry Scheff have been replaced by Kurt Howell, a Warner Bros, staff writer, and Stu Cook, formerly of Creedence Clearwater. But the quintet's loose, from-the-hip style doesn't seem to have been adversely affected. That's mainly because Tim Goodman, who handles most of the lead vocals, and John McFee, who has most of the string duties, are still around. This album includes such outside material as Bruce Springsteen's Pink Cadillac and the Pam Rose/Pat Bunch/Mary Ann Kennedy tune Hearts on the Borderline. There's also Lewis Storey's self-pity antidote, Pull Your Hat Down Tight: "You think you're a special case/ The world's got it out for you/ You talk like you're full of good reason/ But you act like you just turned two." Various band members collaborated on other songs, among which A Girl Like Emmylou and Don't Let Go of My Heart stand out. This is a group that hurls itself into every tune, and its enthusiasm can't help but affect listeners too. (Warner Bros.)

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