Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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No Nukes [Asylum, 1979]
I prefer the movement to the music, but both share a woozy notion of what constitutes genuine consensus and how much it's likely to achieve. Carefully integrated both racially (Raydio, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, Sweet Honey in the Rock, not to mention the Doobies and various backup bands) and culturally (Springsteen and Petty for the low-rent "hard rock" crowd), it's nevertheless limited by the social connections of its stalwarts. And though this three-LP set features attractive music from all but the real dips, even the best of it is almost devoid of bite, rough edges, and main force. Graded leniently for a worthy cause. C+