Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Sir Douglas Band

  • Texas Tornado [Atlantic, 1973] B+

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Texas Tornado [Atlantic, 1973]
Having embraced Doug's sloppiness, do we now penalize him for getting it together? It's a shock to hear him make like a big-band singer, but on the two opening cuts (both self-composed and -produced) he sounds enough like a good one to remind me that Texas was famous for "territory bands" in the '40s. And while the Quintet-style side two is never quite inspired, it's never less than competent fun. Yeah, competent--the singing especially has the kind of force and definition he's always rendered irrelevant in the past. His old fans don't need this record. But those who've always found him ragged might just go for it. B+