Picks and Pans Review: Just Us

updated 11/16/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/16/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Alabama

Say it isn't so, boys. Say that in your good old '60s nostalgia song I Saw the Time you're not paying tribute to George Wallace. Even more, say that in the line "I saw the time...when John, George and Martin walked around" you're not categorizing Wallace with John Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Whatever musical triumphs and failures Alabama has had before pale next to this outrageous display of bad taste. And why, now, should RCA expect anyone—particularly black Americans, of course, but anyone—to buy any other record they release? This is all doubly unfortunate because Just Us is an otherwise first-rate country album, with the typical Alabama production joined to such atypically passionate tunes as Fallen Again, which features a country jam closing, and If I Could Just See You Now. The music has a rich, full sound. To say that, however, is to say that the meal was terrific except for the side dish of strychnine. A little poison goes a long way. (RCA)

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