Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Rumour

  • Max [Mercury, 1977] C+
  • Frogs Clogs Krauts and Sprouts [Arista, 1979] B-

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Max [Mercury, 1977]
Because Graham Parker's songs take so long to kick in, I worried about coming down on his band too soon--until I realized that their songs already had kicked in, without my noticing or caring. The singers don't help the lyrics, the lyrics don't help the singers, and this is depressing. C+

Frogs Clogs Krauts and Sprouts [Arista, 1979]
If it's true they wanna be the Band, then what's with the Donald Fagen imitations? (Bob Andrews sings!) And who's doing Walter Becker? (My guess: Brinsley Schwarz.) Expert, quirky, and arresting at first. Then expert and quirky. And do I have to tell you what comes next? B-