In Brief

** Various artists, "8 Seconds" soundtrack, MCA. If albums were bull riders, this all-star country companion to the Luke Perry rodeo movie wouldn't make it to the bell. It jumps out of the gate promisingly with revved-up performances by John Anderson and Pam Tillis and a sweet ballad by Karla Bonoff but then loses its grip with syrupy numbers from Reba McEntire, Patty Smyth, Billy Dean and film composer Bill Conti.

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