Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Thinking Fellers Union Local #282: Lovelyville [Matador, 1991]
Although it's possible to imagine these musicians powering a rock and roll band that means a damn thing, this cross between Frisco antiheroes the Residents and Dixie dregs Love Tractor is too avant-garde to serve up anyone's money's worth. Nothing lasts, that's the message, whether it's the dense riffage of "2X4S" or the orchestrated guffaws and seal barks that finish "More Glee" with a flourish. Lyrics? How vulgar. We should be thankful when they make with the private jokes doted on by performance artists everywhere. B-