Picks and Pans Review: If You See Her

updated 06/08/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/1998 01:00AM

Brooks & Dunn (Arista)

In their eight-year collaboration, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have already become one of the bestselling duos of all time. Aesthetically, though, B&D have a way to go before they match the subtlety and musical sophistication of the top-selling team, Simon & Garfunkel, or that other two-man chorus, the Everly Brothers. This album, their sixth, is characteristically heavy on honky-tonky, ain't-we-the-good-ol'-boys tunes like "How Long Gone" and "Brand New Whiskey." The highlight, however, is a more thoughtful, calmer track, "If You See Him/If You See Her," a duet with Reba McEntire. And producer Don Cook and the boys were smart enough to dig up a sweet Micheal Smother-man-Greg Humphrey tune, "You're My Angel," and include the quirky Roger Miller song "Husbands and Wives." Because nobody expects the duo to become touchy-feely Sensitive New Age Guys, this adds up to a fairly entertaining package that shouldn't disappoint their old fans, even if it doesn't win them many new ones.

Bottom Line: Familiar-sounding honky-tonk from the boot-scootin' boys

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