Picks and Pans Review: The Rest of the Dream

updated 08/20/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/20/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

They get by quite nicely this time, without a little help from their friends.

This is not the career album their guest star—laden Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol.II was last year, but the LP is still a fresh-sounding, varied country-music package. When it comes to singing and playing, The Rest of is nearly pure Dirt, sifting through the compositions of such songwriters as John Hiatt ("Just Enough Ashland City," "The Rest of the Dream"), Bruce Springsteen ("From Small Things"), Ron Davies ("Waitin' on a Dark-Eyed Gal") and Bobby Braddock, whose "Blow Out the Stars, Turn Off the Moon" neatly captures those end-of-romance, I-don't-want-to-even-hear-the-word-love doldrums.

Jeff Hanna and Jimmy Ibbotson share the lead vocals, with their bandmates Bob Carpenter and Jimmie Fadden occasionally pitching in on backgrounds. This is the NGDBs 23rd album, but there is obviously still a lot of life in the middle-aged boys yet. (MCA)

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