Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Saints

  • (I'm) Stranded [Sire, 1977] B+
  • Eternally Yours [Sire, 1978] C+

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(I'm) Stranded [Sire, 1977]
With its intermittent hooks, droning feedback, shouted vocals, and oldie about incest, this album from Australia achieves the great mean of punk style. Five years from now, it could sound like a classic or a naive one-shot. At the moment, it's recommended only to addicts. B+

Eternally Yours [Sire, 1978]
"Private Affair" is the perfect punk-cum-early-Kinks song, "International Robots" invents a Jonathan Richman clone, and Chris Bailey should dub in the vocals on Seymour Stein's Wild in the Streets remake. But the lyrics are received protest, the tempos have slackened, and if those horns are somebody's idea of a joke I am not amused. The very idea. C+

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New Wave [1980s]