Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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New Riders of the Purple Sage: Powerglide [Columbia, 1972]
Last time the offhand, dreamy mythos of the originals seemed designed for the thin, dreamy pathos of the voices, and even then the combination didn't wear very well except as pastoral Muzak. This time the originals are depressingly unoriginal, and the memory of the country, Motown, and rock classics they cover renders the voices pathetic. C-