Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Art of Noise: (Who's Afraid of?) The Art of Noise [Island, 1984]
There's no denying that this concatenation of musical-instrument imitations and collapsing new sound effects generates considerable episodic interest and the occasional groove. But only "Close (To the Edit)" sustains much jam, and "Beat Box" goes on so long it ends up insulting the memory of "Rapture" and Duck Rock both. What some people won't dance to nowadays. B