Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Chi-Lites: (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People [Brunswick, 1971]
The politics here are imaginatively common-sensical, from "We Are Neighbors," which adduces a racist knock-knock joke before noting that we're neighbors "whether we want to be or not," to the title cut, which owes something to both Jesse Jackson and the Esquires' "Get On Up." And "Have You Seen Her," like "I Want to Pay Your Back," is Soul Music Meets the Women's Movement, warning any man who tries "to be hip" and exploit his woman that she's strong enough to reject him for it. I suppose it's only to be expected that this guy also believes "fighting's for fools," a political notion too common-sensical to suit me. But at least he seems to have put some thought into the sentiment. A-