Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Room for Squares [Aware/Columbia, 2001] *
  • Any Given Thursday [Aware/Columbia, 2003] Dud
  • Heavier Things [Aware/Columbia, 2003] *
  • Try! [Aware/Columbia, 2005]
  • Continuum [Aware/Columbia, 2006] ***
  • Battle Studies [Columbia, 2009] **
  • Born and Raised [Columbia, 2012] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Room for Squares [Aware/Columbia, 2001]
lyrically, "She keeps a toothbrush at my place/As if I had the extra space" sure beats Norah ("No Such Thing," "City Love") *

Any Given Thursday [Aware/Columbia, 2003] Dud

Heavier Things [Aware/Columbia, 2003]
Disguise it as an Aztec Camera reunion and the hipoisie would cream ("Daughters," "Home Life") *

Try! [Aware/Columbia, 2005]
See: New Wonderland.

Continuum [Aware/Columbia, 2006]
Saying in so many words what his less-gifted, more-pretentious contemporaries think it's cool to camouflage ("Waiting on the World to Change," "The Heart of Life"). ***

Battle Studies [Columbia, 2009]
Same kind of problems as Ben Gibbard, only more concise about them (which doesn't necessarily mean smarter, y'know) ("War of My Life," "Perfectly Lonely"). **

Born and Raised [Columbia, 2012]
Grammy-crushing craftsmen can be damned good at saying something in 80 words or thereabouts--say 61, or 116 ("Love Is a Verb," "Speak for Me") ***

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