October 18, 1991 at 04:00 AM EDT

Zone of Our Own

Current Status
In Season
We gave it a C

The Texas Tornados, fronted by Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender, seemed hotter than a string of chili peppers with their debut album, Zone of Our Own, a lively fusion of Tex-Mex, rock & roll, and R&B. On their follow-up, though, they’ve taken a siesta of sorts, in both their performance and song selection. With ”He Is a Tejano” — the story of a Texas boy who crosses the border and gets in a peck of trouble with a senorita and her familia-Sahm does his best to reproduce the energy of ”She’s About a Mover,” a hit from his old Sir Douglas Quintet days. And Fender trots out a nice ’50s-style slow dance, ”Oh Holy One.” But the grabbiest anything gets is ”I’m Not That Kat Anymore,” a romping rocker about a reformed womanizer, memorable only for Sahm’s guitar, which churns hard enough to turn cream into butter. Finally, things get desperate enough for a revival of the placid ”Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” a No. 1 for Charley Pride in 1970. The Tornados, Texas chauvinists that they are, may see this song as some kind of badge. But we don’t need no stinking badges. And we sure don’t need no mediocrity. C

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