Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Duncan Sheik: Duncan Sheik [Atlantic, 1996]
Why do I suspect that only a whiner foolish enough to fall for the depressed wacko now suffocating him all over the airwaves would be stupid enough to blame it on her? Because no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of guys who program the drums but consider it tasteful to hire out the strings to certified human beings. However desperate the biz may be for matinee idols, anybody who figures this neosensitive can fill Bryan Adams's shoes would have bet on Robbie Nevil back when these things mattered. C