Albums: Critics pick the best of 2000
December 14, 2000

Robin and Linda Williams
In The Company Of Strangers

Sugar Hill Records

"Where's the honky tonk tale/ In them nothin' Nashville tunes," Robin and Linda Williams ask in "The Perfect Song." And they have more right to rattle the Nashville cage than most artists. They've made stellar country music for more than 25 years together while settling for the affection of small audiences. This record planted more tunes in my head this year than any other, and they write like old masters. Best of all, you can hear Robin's toothy grin and Linda's beatific smile in every line.

__ Craig Havighurst