Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Clover

  • Clover [Mercury, 1977] C-
  • Love on the Wire [Mercury, 1978] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Clover [Mercury, 1977]
These California eclecticists are callow enough to achieve wimp naturally and soulless enough to attempt funk without the chops. In other words, they're worse than Firefall (whom see) and Pablo Cruise (whom see simultaneously). Nip 'em in the bud. C-

Love on the Wire [Mercury, 1978]
Who said nobody makes fun rock and roll any more? Who said it's almost impossible to find simple rock and roll lyrics that aren't merely inane? Who said all the tasty countrified guitar licks and tasty funkified drum licks have disappeared amid the hooks, saccharin, and fustian? And who cares? B-