Picks and Pans Review: Ain't No Binds

updated 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Whites

While Cheryl, Sharon and daddy Buck have obviously not been spending a lot of time on their grammar lessons, it would be a happy day in the reviewing business when that sort of thing is all there is to complain about. And Are Not Any Binds, it's true, doesn't sound that great. In any case this is another of the Whites' basic country albums, full of warm sounds and casual cleverness. Bob McDill's It Should Have Been Easy (previously recorded by Anne Murray), the Mike Dekle-Byron Hill tune You Wouldn't Be My First Mistake and Jesus, Rock My Baby (Irene Kelley-Gordon Payne) are the high points. One of Buck's solos, the trifle-too-shmaltzy Mama's Rockin' Chair, is the least satisfying. There is also Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This, a duet by Sharon and her husband, Ricky Skaggs; this is a splendid country track, but probably not splendid enough to warrant including it on this album when it was already released on Skaggs's 1986 LP, Love's Gonna Get Ya. (How many people are there who would be fans of the Whites but not of Skaggs?) This is too good a package to haggle about, though. Just listen. (MCA)

From Our Partners