Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Records

  • The Records [Virgin, 1979] B-

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The Records [Virgin, 1979]
"Starry Eyes" is a great single, but it's all hook, and hooks like that don't grow on albums. Which is why only two of the songs that fill in the blanks, "Teenarama" and "Insomnia," transcend pop professionalism. Really, it takes more than obedience to the Byrds--the foreboding cool of the Cars, the grabby propulsion of the Knack, anything. B-