March 06, 1978 12:00 PM

Tom T. Hall

Tom T. has written some appealing, unpretentious country tunes: Ravishing Ruby, Old Five and Dimers Like Me, Spokane Motel Blues. But he is also to blame for annoyances like Sneaky Snake, I Love and I Like Beer. This album has both kinds. Its hit single, May the Force Be with You Always, is a ripoff that ought to put Hall on Darth Vader’s zap list. But I Wish I Loved Somebody Else and Burning Bridge are the kind of storytelling songs Hall does best, with admirable support from steel guitarist Russell Hicks and the Brown sisters (who with brother Jim Ed recorded the hit Three Bells before drifting into retirement).

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