Picks and Pans Review: Baillie & the Boys

updated 10/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Baillie & the Boys

In their 13 years of singing together, Kathie Baillie, Alan LeBoeuf and Michael Bonagura, all from the Northeast, have done commercial jingles for hamburgers and deodorants and backed up such performers as Gladys Knight and Talking Heads. So naturally this, their first album, is country music. Not only that, it's good country. The trio generates a smooth, warm harmony, while Baillie does most of the lead vocals in a style that sometimes evokes thoughts of Karen Brooks. LeBoeuf, however, takes the lead on the LP's most appealing song, the self-recriminating You Fool, which he wrote with Baillie. Craig Bickhardt, Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman, Pam Rose, Mary Ann Kennedy and Don Schlitz are among the reliable country composers represented on the tape, sometimes in collaboration with Baillie and her men. So while the album does not exactly ooze passion, it has variety, bounce and a consistent intelligence. It should certainly be a big enough success to keep these three out of the armpit business forever. (RCA)

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