Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Pearl Harbor & the Explosions: Pearl Harbor & the Explosions [Warner Bros., 1979]
A rhythm band ought to have a better rhythm section--most of this rocks OK for DOR, but the funk beneath "Get a Grip on Yourself," for instance, is stiff to no purpose. The riffs are hooky, though, and Pearl E. Gates is an independent--not to say insular--woman who knows what her habits cost. There are no tears on her pillow and she doesn't care if your aim is true, but she doesn't waste her energy on macha bluster, either--prefers the cutting remark and isn't above turning her wit on herself. Which does not mean she has any intention of "reforming." B+