Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Silos

  • About Her Steps [Record Collect, 1985] A-
  • Cuba [Record Collect, 1987] B+
  • Susan Across the Ocean [Watermelon, 1994] *
  • Hasta La Victoria [Watermelon, 1994] Neither
  • Laser Beam Next Door [Checkered Past, 2001] Neither

Consumer Guide Reviews:

About Her Steps [Record Collect, 1985]
Nobody would have thought twice if this unknown band had debuted with an EP, especially the complete winner they had in them. Imagine The Velvet Underground as country-rock, fragile lyricism colored with fiddle (or viola) and pedal steel and toughened by a commitment to the everyday. The five (out of eight) songs I'd have chosen are the five longest--since sharp and tight aren't where their gifts are, they don't do anything special with terse little rockers. Though they might yet. A-

Cuba [Record Collect, 1987]
A marriage of heaven and earth, a divorced father, and a Green Mountain wedding close out side one, stretching rather than subverting or sentimentalizing country parameters. As rock-and-rollers, however, they're still just in there kicking. B+

Susan Across the Ocean [Watermelon, 1994]
listen to the originals, keep the covers ("Let's Take Some Drugs and Drive Around," "I'm Straight") *

Hasta La Victoria [Watermelon, 1994] Neither

Laser Beam Next Door [Checkered Past, 2001] Neither