Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Was (Not Was): Was (Not Was) [Island, 1981]
Brains galore, as both lyrics and horn charts trumpet. But if that ain't all, half the time it's too damn close--complementing the full complement of conceits is a grand total of three songs the way I count them. Which must make the omission of the rock-and-rolling "Wheel Me Out," and for that matter A Christmas Record's "Christmas Time in the Motor City," the kind of hubris the brainy can't resist. B-