Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Blood, Sweat & Tears

  • 3 [Columbia, 1970] C-
  • B, S, & T; 4 [Columbia, 1971] C-
  • Greatest Hits [Columbia, 1972] C

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3 [Columbia, 1970]
Just figured out how David Clayton-Thomas learned vocal projection: by belching. That's why when he gets really excited he sounds as if he's about to throw up. But it's only part of the reason he gets me so excited I feel like I'm about to throw up. The whole band commits "Symphony for the Devil," a pretty good rock and roll song revealed as a pseudohistorical middlebrow muddle when suite-ened. And just who added themes by Bartok, Prokofiev, Thelonious, and Fred Lewis (Fred Lewis?) to a Stevie Winwood tune? C-

B, S, & T; 4 [Columbia, 1971]
Aww-shuck! heck. C-

Greatest Hits [Columbia, 1972]
As with Engelbert Humperdinck, their pop success does them more good in Vegas than on the radio, and only four of these eleven cuts made top twenty. Highlights: "Lisa, Listen to Me" and "I Can't Quit Her," neither of which made top hundred--and both of which make me appreciate Al Kooper very much. C