Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Joe Tex: Bumps and Bruises [Epic, 1977]
Tex is a novelty artist whose subject is morality, so that in one song a little old lady brains a mugger with a can of sauerkraut, in another Tex advocates tolerance for "sissies," and in a third he sings a humorous chorus about having his hands cut off--all over some very punchy dance tracks by James Brown out of Stax-Volt. Amazingly rich and spirited for a comeback album off a freak hit. B+