Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Eek-a-Mouse/Michigan & Smiley: Live at Reggae Sunsplash [Sunsplash, 1984]
Michigan & Smiley are the Statler Brothers of toasting, but this 1982 performance is where the mighty Mouse transcended the novelty pigeonhole. His delight in the comic highs and lows of his range and the syllabic adaptability of his tongue and palate are even more vivid live than in the studio, and two of the songs here, including the quietly devastating "Neutron Bomb," aren't on any of his five other U.S.-release albums. B