Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Piledriver [A&M, 1973] C+
  • Rockin' All Over the World [Capitol, 1978] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Piledriver [A&M, 1973]
No more plasticene for these lads--it's boogie all the way, and if only they'd go with stuff like "Don't Waste My Time" and "Big Fat Mama" for an entire side I might even wish 'em goodspeed. But of course they can't, they know boogie gets boring after a while, and so without a singer or an axeman or fancy chords they try a couple of ballads and a blues, which are also boring. C+

Rockin' All Over the World [Capitol, 1978]
In which Europe's premier boogie band remembers its commercial beginnings in pop psychedelica. You've heard the riffs these twelve simple rockers are based on before, and you're almost certain to enjoy hearing them again--both the filtered ensemble vocals and the limited solo space distance and depersonalize each cut into an artifact of ass-shake. Good old rock and roll in yet another award-winning costume. B+

Further Notes:

Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]