Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Tim Buckley

  • Starsailor [Straight, 1970] C-
  • Greetings from L.A. [Warner Bros., 1972] B

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Starsailor [Straight, 1970]
In which a man who was renowned for his Odetta impressions on Jac Holzman's folkie label switches to Frank Zappa's art-rock label, presumably so he can do Nico impressions. C-

Greetings from L.A. [Warner Bros., 1972]
Perverse as it may seem, Buckley's mannered, androgynous moan has real erotic appeal for some, and here it turns a trick. This is rock pornography if anything is, complete with whips, foot fetishes, meat racks, and salacious gasps, and while I wouldn't call the band hard-core, it definitely fills the groove. B

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