Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Seals and Crofts

  • Seals & Crofts [TA, 1970] C-
  • Diamond Girl [Reprise, 1973] C-
  • Unborn Child [Warner Bros., 1974] D-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Seals & Crofts [TA, 1970]
In moments of self-criticism I sometimes believe I'll praise anything that's tight and tuneful. This record proves those suspicions unfounded. That'll teach 'em to print their lyrics on the inside jacket. C-

Diamond Girl [Reprise, 1973]
In the classic folk-schlock manner, female contributors to this album (predictable exception: Bobbye Hall, here designated Miss rather than Ms) are listed by first name. Only these women aren't groupies--they're wives, and the album is dedicated to them. Well, I'm sure it sounds better on a pedestal than on a turntable. C-

Unborn Child [Warner Bros., 1974]
This may be catchy but I refuse to get caught; they may be good at what they do, but what they do is so disgusting that that only makes it worse. I would tell them to find their roots, but instead of regrouping as the Champs, they'd probably convince Warner Bros. to waste more vinyl on the Anita Kerr Singers. D-