Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Stacy Dean Campbell

  • Lonesome Wins Again [Columbia, 1992] A-
  • Hurt City [Columbia, 1995] *
  • Ashes of Old Love [Paladin, 1999] Neither

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Lonesome Wins Again [Columbia, 1992]
No strings, no metaphors, no shows of soul. Fast ones medium fast, slow ones medium slow. Backup singers, but they make the Jordanaires sound like the Harry Simeone Chorale. Music Row tunes, but never clever and always indelible. Voice pure, quiet, serious, deeply unpretentious. In short, a country album so austere it's like a Platonic ideal. Or anyway, like Chris Isaak rockabilly minus the arty pose--this guy's alternate career was with the sheriff's department. A-

Hurt City [Columbia, 1995]
more is less ("Pop a Top," "Mind Over Matter") *

Ashes of Old Love [Paladin, 1999] Neither

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