Alanna Nash
May 18, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Come Hold Me

Current Status
In Season
Warner Bros.

We gave it a C-

Despite their Georgia roots, the Forester Sisters aren’t really country singers at all, having been raised more on pop radio than on regional influences. With Come Hold Me, their eighth album, they benefit from producer Wendy Waldman, who has nudged them toward more interesting songs such as John Hiatt’s ”Drive South,” presented as a duet with the pretentious, overrated Bellamy Brothers. But Waldman, who also produced the Foresters’ last album, isn’t above formula — this is the duo’s second outing with the Bellamys, and the ’40s-ish ”Come Hold Me” is too spiritually akin to their remake of the McGuire Sisters’ ”Sincerely” on their last LP. The overall problem here is that it’s all white bread and empty calories. It’s also a tad too civilized, as in”Old Enough to Know,” where lead singer Kathy consoles a philandering husband for ”living with a troubled heart.” In the golden age of honky-tonk, she would have whacked the wayward lout with a frying pan.

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