Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Sarah Kernochan: House of Pain [RCA Victor, 1973]
The lyrics looked so great--like good words, not bad poetry--that I put the record on instantly, only to recoil seconds later. Admittedly, I got used to this mannered (ill-mannered?) music eventually; but I recommend a year of live audiences before her next studio date. C