Picks and Pans Review: Better Be Home Soon

updated 04/02/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/02/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jennifer McCarter and the McCarters

The McCarters are a country music publicist's dream come true. Jennifer, 25, and her younger twin sisters, Lisa and Teresa, 23, grew up in Sevierville, Tenn.—where they were members of the Bicentennial clogging team—and apprenticed on a Knoxville TV variety show. Any further down home and they'd have turned pro as moonshiners.

But their music is full of sophisticated harmonies, and with scouting help from producers Paul Worley and Ed Seay, they obviously know how to keep their ears open. This, the second McCarters album (the first one didn't bill Jennifer separately), rounds up material from such varied sources as the Australian pop-rock band Crowded House and Washingtonian Mary Chapin Carpenter (the evocative "Slow Country Dance").

There's also some vintage country material, including Bob McDill's "Shot Full of Love" and a Bill Caswell—Verlon Thompson phrase turner, "Quit While I'm Behind."

Like their sororal contemporaries, the Foresters, the McCarters put a comforting emphasis on warm harmonies and lay back a little more than, say, the spunkier Sweethearts of the Rodeo. No problem. There's always more than enough room on the shelf for albums this good. (Warner Bros.)

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