Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Mamas and the Papas: People Like Us [Dunhill, 1971]
You can blame this on the march of history, stylistic evolution, what have you, but it's not just that we've changed--so have they. John Phillips now reserves his inspiration for his solo LP, where his heart is, and overall the level of simple effort is so sappy it's startling. C-