Picks and Pans Review: Perfume, Ribbons & Pearls

updated 08/04/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/04/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Forester Sisters

Along with the Judds, the Foresters have helped fill the female group gap in country music. This, the Foresters' second album, warms the heart while it invigorates the toe. The four sisters take turns singing lead, though Kathy and Kim—both of whom sound quite like Terri Gibbs—get an extra turn or two. There are some nice tunes written by such familiar names as Bob McDill, Walt Aldridge, Tom Brasfield and Pam Tillis, and a particularly trenchant bustin' loose song by Bob and Barbara Morrison, Heartache Headed My Way: "Momma get out those shiny black shoes/ And the dress you cut too low/ Get out the perfume and ribbons and pearls/ And tell this girl what she should know." The Foresters' cover of the 1965 Supremes hit Back in My Arms Again is pleasing too, though it's impossible not to subconsciously hear Diana Ross's voice singing along, so distinctive is the impression she leaves on material she is associated with. That's about the only distraction. Otherwise this album fairly purrs along. (Warner Bros.)

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