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Robert Klein

  • Child of the 50's [Brut, 1973] B
  • New Teeth [Epic, 1974] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Child of the 50's [Brut, 1973]
In person, Klein is quick, energetic, nasty, compassionate--very New York. This record captures about half of that, which isn't bad, and I bet the next one is better. B

New Teeth [Epic, 1974]
The funniest album by a standup comic since George Carlin's Class Clown leaves behind the grammar-school nostalgia--which although frequently amusing always seemed formulaic when it wasn't--that kept Klein from sounding commercially uncompromised. Unlike Carlin, Klein gets better all the time. Never trivial, never cynical, never lacking a comic purpose for his outrage, he's up there with Pryor and Tomlin. A-