January 1998

Robin and Linda Williams
Devil Of A Dream

Sugar Hill Records

When I first heard Devil Of A Dream the only thing I knew about Robin and Linda Williams was that a few years ago they'd had the wit and good taste to record "Herding Cattle in a Cadillac Coup De Ville," one of the best comic songs you'll ever hear. It turns out I've been missing a lot; the Williamses have succeeded in synthesizing a raft of styles into something that is at once as down-home as a front porch and as tough as a honky-tonk's bandstand.

While there's a lot to be said for respecting stylistic boundaries, the accomplished yet soulful Williamses have found a winning way to patch together scraps of the Americans sprawl into a captivating whole.

__ Jon Weisberger