Picks and Pans Review: Have You Forgotten?

updated 05/05/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Darryl Worley (Dream Works)

His new CD smacks of patriotic fervor, but country singer Darryl Worley was waving the flag well before the war in Iraq began. He traveled to the Middle East to perform for American troops last Christmas and, also before the war, recorded this disc's hit title tune, a timely remembrance of Sept. 11 that doesn't resort to the strident jingoism of some country songs inspired by the terrorist attacks. Elsewhere, Worley makes a touching Vietnam-vet tribute on "POW 369," one of 12 songs recycled from his previous two albums. The most moving track, "Shiloh," is a somber hymn to the bloody Civil War battle of April 1862. While Worley manages to be both political and musical at the same time, overall the tone of the album is a bit serious and heavy; it's a relief when he sings "I Need a Breather," a light-spirited, Jimmy Buffett-like song about beaches and margaritas.

BOTTOM LINE: Worthy Worley

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