Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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John Simon: John Simon's Album [Warner Bros., 1970]
Somewhere beyond the plaintive quaver, rootsy supersession rock is mixed with pre-WW2 touches in a series of homely sketches--many of them about outsiders trying to make something of their lives, a theme to which a plaintive quaver is well-suited. Highlight: "The Song of the Elves," in which outsiders brag about how tall they are. B+