Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Tinker to Evers to Chance [Enigma, 1990] Neither

Further Notes:

Subjects for Further Research [1980s]: Obsessed not just with the Beatles but with sometime Beatle obsessive Alex Chilton, rendering the ostensibly public essentially private, Scott Miller was a prototypical '80s rock artist--serious, playful, skillful, obscure, secondhand. His Mitch Easter-produced albums were like dreams of the early dB's, before their rhythm section began to cook, which isn't to say Miller and cohorts didn't also develop a groove as they got older. He was literary, too--loved Joyce. Adepts recommend 1987's Lolita Nation, which is said to make sense, though I don't know exactly what sense. At the level of attention I can afford, I kinda like 1988's excessive Two Steps From the Middle Ages, which sounded a little . . . funkier, I guess you'd call it.