Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Carmaig DeForest

  • I Shall Be Released [Good Foot, 1987] B+
  • DeathGrooveLoveParty [Knitting Factory, 1993] ***
  • El Camino Real [St. Francis, 1997] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

I Shall Be Released [Good Foot, 1987]
He's an acerbic miniaturist who knows words--just like one of his romantic antagonists, he's forever sharpening his clauses. He's got Alex Chilton on his side. A lot of smart guys will love him every time out. I think he proves that these days smart songwriters consider politics rather than romance the fun challenge, reserving my love for the shaggy-dog "Judas" and the self-explanatory "Crack's No Worse Than the Fascist Threat." B+

DeathGrooveLoveParty [Knitting Factory, 1993]
if the Femmes had never gotten famous . . . ("Bend Down Low," "So Happy Together") ***

El Camino Real [St. Francis, 1997]
sharp narrative eye, cocky nerd attitude, too smart for folk and his own good ("Coldwater Park," "Sexy/Scary") **