Personnel: Kenneth Bell, George Edward "Leo" Jackson, Jack Eubanks (acoustic guitar); Jeff Cook, Randy Owen, Ronny Scaife, Fred Newell, Gregg Galbraith, Brent Rowan (electric guitar); The A-Strings (strings); David Briggs , William Rainsford (keyboards); Costo Davis (synthesizer); Mark Herndon, Roger Hawkins, Eddie Bayers, Milton Sledge (drums).
Recording information: Music Mill, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Mark Tucker .
Opening with the driving title track, 40 Hour Week encapsulates why Alabama was the top country group of the '80s. Alternating between restrained rockers and well-crafted ballads, it captures the band at its peak. Nevertheless, it isn't quite as strong as their first albums -- the performances and production are a bit too mannered -- but its professionalism is appealing. And that professionalism made 40 Hour Week the group's most popular album, as it crossed over into the pop Top Ten. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine