Picks and Pans Review: Buffalo Zone

updated 03/05/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/05/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Kristine Arnold and Janis Gill are still coming across as—you should pardon the expression, feminists—spunky gals. There's something just plain fun, too, about their blend of the jaunty California country music they grew up with and the Nashville mode they've moved into.

This is the sisters' third album, yet they still sound enthusiastic, whether bouncing along on "Blue Sky" or biting their lips on "I Don't Want You to Know."

While Gill writes nicely herself, this album includes work by country regulars Don Schlitz, Wendy Waldman and Paul Overstreet. The Gill-Schlitz tune "Uphill All the Way" is notable: "The day you're born is the day that you depart/ The only map you're given is your heart/ No matter where you turn/ Every bridge you cross you burn/ And if you ask directions folks just say/ It's uphill all the way."

Thanks, Sweethearts. We needed that. (Columbia)

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