Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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B.J. Thomas: Billy Joe Thomas [Scepter, 1972]
B.J. might be the Johnny Rivers of the Leon Russell generation--he was born in Texas, after all--if only he had better taste. Some pleasant stuff complements the two great ones here--"Rock and Roll Lullaby," the hit, and the suppressed Carole King nasty, "A Fine Way to Go"--but anyone who'd agree to record "We've Got to Get Our Ship Together" is in need of some brain-caulking himself. C+