Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Perfect Disaster

  • Asylum Road [Genius, 1990] **
  • Up [Fire, 1990] A-
  • Heaven Scent [Fire, 1991] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Asylum Road [Genius, 1990]
unperfected ("The Crack Up," "In Conference Again") **

Up [Fire, 1990]
Speaking as an anthropologist, I note the existence of a younger generation that sees no essential difference between the Stones, the Byrds, the Velvets, and Bo Diddley--all rocked, all used guitars, all preceded the Sex Pistols or Fleetwood Mac or whoever. Speaking as a critic, I note the fine taste and good sense of these know-nothings. And speaking as a fan, I thank the Lord the Velvets dominate the equation. Think Feelies (pomo momentum), Only Ones (Perrettistic Kinkology), Chills/Clean (parallel invention), Woodentops (plus musclebottom), maybe even Galaxie 500 (minus wimpophilia). Think "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" meets "Pale Blue Eyes." A-

Heaven Scent [Fire, 1991] Dud