Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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T.S. Monk: House of Music [Mirage, 1980]
Sandy Linzer's Chic move in the sense that Odyssey was his Dr. Buzzard move, with Thelonious Jr. playing drums and sister Boo Boo singing. But the world-historic irresistibility of the band's counterpart to the urbane "Native New Yorker"--the c'est-si "Bon Bon Vie," a rich song about aspiring to the rich life that's ebullient on top and this far from desperation underneath--inheres as much in Thelonious Jr.'s unslick, high-humored vocal and explosive percussion as in an arrangement that keeps revealing new pleasures. Maybe next time Linzer will produce a follow-up. This time you might consider purchasing a single worth the price of an LP. B-