Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Joan Baez

  • Come From the Shadows [A&M, 1972] C+
  • Diamonds and Rust [A&M, 1975] C
  • Play Me Backwards [Virgin, 1992] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Come From the Shadows [A&M, 1972]
How anyone whose concept of beauty is so well-bred can pretend to visionary politics has always baffled me, but for a start she could write songs in which the object always follows the predicate. I don't know about The People, but just plain people say "scattered upon the four winds," not "upon the four winds scattered." Actually, they don't say "scattered upon the four winds" either, but we'll get to that next time. C+

Diamonds and Rust [A&M, 1975]
Recently, one of her lilting legions accused us non-lilters of being emotionally deaf. The other possibility is that she's emotionally dumb. C

Play Me Backwards [Virgin, 1992] Dud

Further Notes:

Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]