Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Crooked Fingers

  • Crooked Fingers [Warm, 1999] *
  • Reservoir Songs EP [Merge EP, 2002] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Crooked Fingers [Warm, 1999]
Eric Bachmann describes degradation as if he wants you to avoid it like a plague ("Broken Man," "She Spread Her Legs and Flew Away"). *

Reservoir Songs EP [Merge EP, 2002]
An excellent joke in which a man out of tunes, utilizing croaking vocals and some well-placed banjo, transforms Kristofferson, Springsteen, Prince, and even Neil Diamond ("Solitary Man," Johnny Cash named an album after it) into alt-country all-depressives. And when he does the same for Queen-Bowie, the dolor is too funny to laugh off. B+