Picks and Pans Review: Hit the Highway

UPDATED 04/18/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/18/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

The Proclaimers

The two singers look like Buddy Holly. They play back-to-basics, acoustic rock and roll and R&B. They sing about their new loves, their unfaithful loves and about God. You can't find music more American than this. Which is pretty odd, given that the band in question hails all the way from Scotland.

On this fine third release—their first in six years—the group, fronted by identical twins Craig and Charlie Reid, really reveals its American influences. Their music evokes nothing but legends like Holly and Otis Redding (whose "These Arms of Mine" gets faithfully covered). There are bouncy rock tunes like "Shout Shout," complele with "Yakely Yak"-like sax riffs. There are R&B boppers like the title track and "Follow the Money." And to truly demonstrate the Proclaimers' wholesomeness, there are a couple of religious ballads ("The Light," "I Want to Be a Christian") that sound more righteous than the very righteous Amy Grant.

Okay, the Reids' accents are so thick you couldn't dilute them with a bottle of 100-year-old whisky. Still, there's something so friendly and familiar about the Proclaimers' music on this release, it makes a good case for rock's exemption from all international trade wars. (Chrysalis)

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