Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Hollies: Distant Light [Epic, 1972]
Old rock and rollers are doing somersaults over the hit, "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress," one of the catchier items on the recent AM. But that's all it is, and that's all this album's got. The likable songs are cancelled out by a couple of real dummies, and the musical substance is more a function of Allan Clarke's late-blooming soulfulness--pop groups have to do something as they push thirty--than in the long cool harmonies of yesteryear. C+