Picks and Pans Review: Born to Boogie

updated 08/24/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/24/1987 01:00AM

Hank Williams Jr.

Not many country singers would have the nerve to sing the Rolling Stones' Honky Tonk Woman. But as it happens, in addition to having a seemingly endless supply of sunglasses, Williams has never lacked nerve either. And while nobody will ever mistake him for Mick Jagger in the sensuality department, he pulls off the cover with raucous charm. The album also includes a couple of Williams' excesses in self-congratulation (make that three things he's never lacked), Young Country, about what he suggests is a hip new breed of country music fans, and Practice What I Preach. Buck Naked and Born to Boogie both suggest plenty of the kind of good-ole-boy charm that Williams at his best can muster. No one will shed any tears over the songs on this LP, but a foot or two is likely to be tapped. (Warner Bros.)

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