Alanna Nash
February 22, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Buick

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Sawyer Brown
genre
Country

We gave it a F

Antiseptic pretenders to the Alabama throne, the five-man band Sawyer Brown first slid into national prominence in 1983, when they fooled the judges of Ed McMahon’s Star Search into thinking that flaccid country rock was the future of contemporary music. The group, which borrowed its name from a Nashville street sign, follows Alabama’s formula of dense vocal harmonies slathered over churning rock guitars and keyboards, all of it set to a danceable beat. But Sawyer Brown’s themes on Buick are less involving than anyone’s, veering from the hopelessly boring (women in cars, in ”My Baby Drives a Buick”) to the ridiculous (trying to score with ”Superman’s Daughter”). This is the epitome of ersatz country: never remarkable, never inspired, and — with any luck at all — never to be heard from again. F

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