Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Etta James: Come a Little Closer [Chess, 1974]
Last time Gabriel Mekler went one for three as a songwriter and half-ruined his producee's album. This time he goes two for six. A "Mekler" tune on which Etta does nothing but moan is one of the good ones, which will give you an idea of whose contribution matters. "St. Louis Blues" is also a winner. B-