Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Crime of the Century [A&M, 1974] C+
  • Even in the Quietest Moments . . . [A&M, 1977] C+
  • Breakfast in America [A&M, 1979] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Crime of the Century [A&M, 1974]
They say this is the rock and roll of the future, which I find a depressing thought even though (or because) the amalgam is a moderately smart one. Straight-ahead art-rock, sort of--Queen without preening. Yes without pianistics and meter shifts. And "Bloody Well Right" documents a gift for the killer hook. Now if only "Bloody Well Right" weren't an impassioned plea for complacency. Maybe if we close our eyes they'll go away. C+

Even in the Quietest Moments . . . [A&M, 1977]
Most "progressive" rock is pretentious background schlock that's all too hard to ignore. This is modest background schlock that sounds good when it slips into the ear. I guess we should thank "Babaji," whichever one he is. C+

Breakfast in America [A&M, 1979]
I like a hooky album as well as the next fellow, so when I found that this one elicited random grunts of pleasure I looked forward to listening hard. But the lyrics turned out to be glib variations on the usual Star Romances trash, and in the absence of vocal personality (as opposed to accurate singing) and rhythmic thrust (as opposed to a beat) I'll wait until this material is covered by artists of emotional substance--Tavares, say, or the Doobie Brothers. C+

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Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]