Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Robert Ward and the Black Top All-Stars [extended]

  • Fear No Evil [Black Top, 1991] A-
  • Rhythm of the People [Black Top, 1993] Dud

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Fear No Evil [Black Top, 1991]
He played guitar on the Falcons' "I Found a Love." He started the band that became the Ohio Players. He hired on with Norman Whitfield. All of which could add up to not much when he's carrying a artist's load, except that he's a better-than-average writer, a hooky arranger, and a sneaky soloist you remember for the wobbly sound of his Magnatone amp alone--a sound that's seeped into his singing. Add the Neville Brothers' label of last resort and you have the black-trad trinity attempting the comeback of a lifetime--soul, blues, and New Orleans in one person. Also, he loves his wife and knows how to say so. A-

Robert Ward: Rhythm of the People [Black Top, 1993] Dud