Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Donovan

  • Barabajagal [Epic, 1969] C+
  • Cosmic Wheels [Epic, 1973] C-
  • Slow Down World [Epic, 1976] C-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Barabajagal [Epic, 1969]
Like Paul Mauriat, Donovan is good at what he does and pleasant in three-minute doses on the radio, but he had a head full of nothing. Praise him for putting the worst cuts on one side and recommend this to all the gentle people, while they die of the droops. C+

Cosmic Wheels [Epic, 1973]
Yellow Jell-O, or: didn't you always know he'd go bananas? C-

Slow Down World [Epic, 1976]
If I read my copy of Clive correctly, the eternally youthful Leitch received $250,000 for this LP, on which he (forthrightly) refers to himself as a "well known has-been" and (slowly) thinks up reasons why the planet should adjust to his mental reflexes, thusly: "Slow Down World--Take a Break for God's Sake." Saith Clive: "If He's willing to make a few commercial concessions, any album of his could be a major reentry." So I guess these ain't those. C-

Further Notes:

Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]

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