Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Muddy Waters: Can't Get No Grindin' [Chess, 1973]
Muddy isn't the commanding presence he used to be, but despite the three instrumentals his writing puts this album across. "Love Weapon" and "Whiskey Ain't No Good" are slow ones he thought about, Willie Hammond's "Garbage Man" and the high-gear "Can't Get No Grindin'" classic shuffles. Come to think of it, one of the instrumentals is a classic shuffle too--you almost forgive him for putting "Dust My Broom" through an electric piano and calling it "Funky Butt." B+