Stereo Review (9/90) - "...the band shows a willingness to go beyond its usual base of Southern rock songs and love ballads to experiment with a diversity of styles and lyrical content...unquestionably a major improvement."
Personnel: Randy Owen (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Jeff Cook (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, fiddle); Shannon Love, Jeremy Cowart, Susannah Smith, Heather Voltz, Benji Cowert, Ben Voltz, Heidi Voltz, Tommy Gardner, Theodore Gentry (vocals); Larry Hanson (guitar, saxophone, percussion, background vocals); Ken Bell (guitar); Bernie Leadon (acoustic guitar, banjo); Biff Watson (acoustic guitar, keyboards); John Willis, Josh Leo (electric guitar); Sam Bush (mandolin, fiddle); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); John Catchings (cello); Bobby G. Taylor (oboe); Mike Haynes (trumpet); John Mattick, Bill Cuomo (keyboards); Craig Krampf, Mark Herndon (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Jeff Giedt; Jim Cotton ; Sleepy John Estes; Steve Marcantonio.
Recording information: Cook Sound, Ft. Payne, AL; Emerald Sound, Nashville, TN; Masterfonics Studio 6, Nashville, TN; Recording Arts, Nashville, TN.
On the previous Southern Star, Alabama bounced out of their mid-'80s rut, and their winning streak continued on Pass It On Down. Like any of their albums, there is a fair share of filler, but that's outweighed by the best songs on the record, particularly the hit "Down Home." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine