Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Fever: Pink on Pink [Kemado EP, 2003]
With lyrics that evolve from screeching hiccups through "I'd walk on my hands for you" through "Bridge and tunnel nights" through "I'm down on my knees" (played as cliché) to glam-garage claim on Sheila E.'s "Glamorous Life," I wouldn't bet that this particular late-'70s/early-'80s rehab will lead anywhere deep. Nor would I expect that Geremy Jasper is now or ever will be Richard Hell. But for the duration of an EP, he's just the imp of the perverse guitarist Sanchez Esquire needs. Esq. doesn't have Robert Quine's chops, or even Ivan Julian's yet. But he shares the tonal irresponsibility, sly speed, and penchant for disruption that made them so hard to tell apart and so easy to love. A-