Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Spooky Tooth

  • Spooky Two [A&M, 1969] C+
  • Tobacco Road [A&M, 1971] B-
  • You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw [A&M, 1973] C

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Spooky Two [A&M, 1969]
At its best ("Waitin' for the Wind," "That Was Only Yesterday") this group is not significantly poorer than Blind Faith. At its worst ("Lost In My Dream," "I've Got Enough Heartaches") it is painfully overwrought. C+

Tobacco Road [A&M, 1971]
Released as It's All About in England in 1968, before anybody had figured out how to really exploit all these iron zeppelins and lead butterflies, this offers Beatles harmonies, a roundabout song that preceded Yes's, and a straight remake of "The Weight" in addition to the hilariously melosoulful John D. Loudermilk cover that provides its U.S. title. Ahh, the good old days. B-

You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw [A&M, 1973]
The title is heavy-metal logic, illustrated with a Klaus Voorman cartoon depicting a henpecking dominatrix. The songs, mostly by returned prodigal Gary Wright, depict the perils of egotism. The connection is more heavy-metal logic. C