Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Rodney Crowell: Ain't Living Long Like This [Warner Bros., 1978]
He's smart, he's soulful, he's got that tragic sense of life--yes, folks, Gram Parsons live on in spirit, right down to Emmylou on harmony. If only the tempos were a little snappier, there might be more than four songs on side two, and chances are that anything extra would be as good as the rest. From "California Earthquake": "You're a partner of the devil and we ain't afraid of him/We'll build ourselves another town so you can tear it down again." A-