Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Foreigner

  • Foreigner [Atlantic, 1977] C
  • Double Vision [Atlantic, 1978] C-
  • Head Games [Atlantic, 1979] C

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Foreigner [Atlantic, 1977]
You've heard of Beatlemania? I propose Xenophobia. C

Double Vision [Atlantic, 1978]
I like rock and roll so much that I catch myself getting off on "Hot Blooded," a typical piece of cock-rock nookie-hating carried along on a riff-with-chord-change that's pure (gad) second-generation Bad Company. Fortunately, nothing else here threatens their status as world's dullest group. Inspirational Verse: "She backhanded me 'cross my face." C-

Head Games [Atlantic, 1979]
This isn't as sodden as you might expect--these are pros who adapt to the times, and they speed the music up. I actually enjoy a few of these songs until I come into contact with the dumb woman-haters who are doing the singing. I mean, these guys think punks are cynical and anti-life? Guys who complain that the world is all madness and lies and then rhyme "science" and "appliance" without intending a joke? C

Further Notes:

Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]