Picks and Pans Review: What Am I Gonna Do About You

updated 10/27/1986 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/27/1986 01:00AM

Reba McEntire

It's just as well that Haggard and McEntire have two of the best voices in country music. They are also among the most prolific of modern recording artists. They would both be wearing out their welcomes—Haggard would have used his up long ago—if they weren't so consistently entertaining. Neither of these albums is very surprising; both are routinely excellent. Haggard has adopted a leisurely, country-manor style in recent years. It serves him well when he has material that generates some interest on its own, as he has in this case. The title tune by Adam Mitchell gives Haggard a chance to wax philosophical and benefits from some strong backup vocalizing by Janie Fricke, and Billy Sherrill's and Glen Sutton's Almost Persuaded is still a hard-to-beat lost-love song. Haggard also has a good old, almost Bing Crosby-ish time with the standard Pennies From Heaven, allowing his Strangers to indulge their penchant for bar-band Western swing, which is closer to Dixieland on this track. McEntire (four albums have been released under her name in the last year) offers a lively mix, from the crying-in-your-beer song (it'sacrying-in-her-margarita here) My Mind Is on You by Dave Loggins and Don Schlitz to the pledge-of-eternal-love Till It Snows in Mexico by Gordon Pavne and Roger Lavoie. Actually, Reba, it has been known to snow in Mexico, but don't let that be a bother. We still love you. (Haggard: Epic, McEntire: MCA)

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