Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Luna Sea [Atlantic, 1977] C
  • Elan [Atlantic, 1978] B-

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Luna Sea [Atlantic, 1977]
In which Rick Roberts allows as how he's "gonna quit that crazy runaround"--cross your heart, Rick?--and the whole band muses about how nice it would be if things never "changed for the better/But never got no worse." Such dreamers! Alternate title: Compa Tents. C

Elan [Atlantic, 1978]
I do too pay attention to mainstream rock product: in fact, I listened to this five or six times without a trace of stomach upset. The group achieves more of that old CSN(Y) feel than any of the decade's country-rock spinoffs; the album achieves more of that old rock and roll feel than any of the decade's CSN(Y) records. Commendable if not quite recommendable--didn't think they had it in them. B-