Picks and Pans Review: No Easy Horses

updated 11/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Schuyler, Knobloch and Bickhardt

Thom Schuyler and J. Fred Knobloch have changed partners since their 1986 debut album—from Paul Overstreet to Craig Bickhardt—without losing quality. They're all country music veterans, having written such tunes as Love Will Turn You Around and 16th Avenue. They came up with some effective studio fodder for themselves, too, including the Schuyler/Knobloch/Don Schlitz title tune ("There ain't no easy horses/ But you gotta learn to ride") and the Schuyler-Bickhardt track, This Old House ("Take another look before you lock the door/ Where your shoes have worn the finish from my floor"). Don't expect any Statler or Gatlin harmonies: while these three guys (they take turns on lead vocals) sound fine together, nobody's out to submerge his personality. Do expect 40 minutes or so of first-rate Nashville pop, with a minimum of foolishness and a maximum of rugged appeal. (MTM)

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