Hang on to Your Heart/Exile

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Hang on to Your Heart/Exile Review

by Bruce Eder

The group's best album of the 1980s (and one of the best country albums of that decade) paired with a record representing one of the key phases in getting them there. The mix of sounds is strange, since the band seems to "devolve" in harmonies and sophistication, as well as originality, between the first ten cuts here (from the later album) and the second. But any CD with "Hang on to Your Heart" on it is worth owning, and it's interesting and entertaining to compare those cuts with the less-developed work on Exile. The sound is excellent, and the annotation is thorough.

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