Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Roy Wood

  • Boulders [United Artists, 1973] A-
  • On the Road Again [Warner Bros., 1979] C

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Boulders [United Artists, 1973]
Wood puts his heart into his multitracking--even plays a robot and makes you feel for him (by which I mean the robot). Then, on the very next track, he impersonates a grandma picking dexterously if erratically on her banjo. These are conceits, but they're successful conceits--as substantial as Loudon Wainwright's, say, and more tuneful. And when they're Move-style conceits you can galumph to them. A-

On the Road Again [Warner Bros., 1979]
I once thought it spoke well of Annie Haslam and all her renascent octaves that they'd kept this gifted recluse interested for so many years. But on the evidence of these would-be Move outtakes--and the would-be Boulders outtakes of 1976's Mustard--I gather that it doesn't take much to divert the fellow. C

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