Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Loud Rocks [Loud, 2000]
Convenient and also poetic that Wu-Tang and its cohort--Mobb Deep, Xzibit, Tha Alkaholiks, Big Pun--should label their label with a hard-rock buzzword. Their white collaborators are often dullards like Sevendust and System of a Down--only Sugar Ray, Everlast, and Tom Morello add much content. Yet because everybody wants to accommodate everybody else--to get along, as someone once said--the aggression remains focused and cleansing throughout. Greater than the sum of its parts. Louder, too. A-