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The Kendalls

  • The Best of the Kendalls [Ovation, 1980] B+

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The Best of the Kendalls [Ovation, 1980]
Moral Majority take note: The Kendalls are a father-daughter duo who sing about adultery. With each other. Granted, they do invoke all the Calvinist cheatin'-song antinomies--heaven or hell, devil or angel, etc. But ultimately they're soft on sin--their upbeat melodies and perky arrangements make infidelity seem about as heavy as a very successful Tupperware party. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't fascinated, but I'd also be lying if I said I wasn't put off. And so are Moe, Willie, and George & Tammy. B+