American Pride

Alabama: American Pride (RCA) On the thinnest album of its career, the group Alabama delivers a blue-collar ode to escapist lust (”Take a Little Trip”), a cliched clip of backwoods Southern rock (”You Can’t Take the Country Out of Me”), a son’s maudlin love song to his deceased parents (”Between the Two of Them”), and a hoedownish piece of jingoism (”American Pride”) that sounds like background music for a union convention. Without Randy Owen’s soulful vocals ; and the gritty ballad ”Once Upon a Lifetime,” which thoughtfully examines what ought to matter in life, this collection would qualify as the biggest waste of recording tape since Linda McCartney deemed to put down her camera. D+

American Pride
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