Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Middle of Nowhere [Mercury, 1997] **
  • This Time Around [Island, 2000] C-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Middle of Nowhere [Mercury, 1997]
innocent, sure--also as layered as a $100 haircut and as mannered as a Stanislavski class ("Weird," "Man From Milwaukee") **

This Time Around [Island, 2000]
If you thought they were bad when they were cute, or even that they were cute when they were good, believe me, you don't want to hear them mature. Self-made arena-pop that's done so much time in the weight room it's got 98 scoring steroids on the street, this meaningless, overstated, three-years-aborning follow-up gutted its way to gold and disappeared. Bye. C-

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