Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Doobie Brothers: What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits [Reprise, 1974]
The quotation originated with Seneca and is very impressive, though one wonders (as one is no doubt supposed to) just what vices-turned-habits are indicated. Ordinary music? Or something even more enervating? After all, boogie chillen, wouldn't it have a better beat if it were phrased "what once were vices now are habits"? Oh well--unlike Three Dog Night, who they would do well to emulate, they've never shown any flair with outside material. C-