Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The 5th Dimension

  • Greatest Hits [Soul City, 1970] C+

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Greatest Hits [Soul City, 1970]
Strange that a black pop chorale should break at the same time as soul and psychedelica--even with a far-out name and black-identified label. I don't know which is worse--straight slick Jim Webb or stoned slick Laura Nyro. (Answer: Hair.) But I still get off on Webb's "Paper Cup," which I always regarded as the authentic alienation song ("Dangling Conversation" was the phony). And get with Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues." C+