Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Friend Opportunity [Kill Rock Stars, 2007] C+

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Friend Opportunity [Kill Rock Stars, 2007]
Just like some ambivalent bloggerati--though for me the process involved historical research rather than a fond reminisce down my hard drive's memory lane--I prefer this fussy little succes d'estime's avant period. But not, of course, because I equate muso experiment with Good and pop accommodation with Evil. It's for the very reason their admirers proffer their forgiveness--the accommodation is half-assed, clumsy. These are "rock songs" in Ned Rorem's dreams--they're as ornate as a high-class geisha house. And where formerly Satomi Matsuzaki's Shonen-Knife-goes-to-college was a precious abrasion melded into strange background music you could ignore at will, here we're expected to ponder what she might Mean. I'll pass until some bloggeratus posts the lyrics. Also after. C+