Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Pickin' Up the Pieces [Epic, 1969] B
  • Poco [Epic, 1970] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Pickin' Up the Pieces [Epic, 1969]
Nice and happy, but considering the personnel a disappointment; Richie Furay and Jim Messina should do better than this; may be reevaluated. B

Poco [Epic, 1970]
The most overrated underrated group in America. All of CSNY's preciosity with none of the inspiration, all of bluegrass's ramifications with none of its roots. In short, the perfect commentary on the vacuity of competence. Q: Is that useless long instrumental rock or jazz or country or bluegrass? A: If it's useless, it's none of the four. And if it's all of the four it's none of the four. C+