Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Joe Walsh

  • So What [ABC, 1974] C+
  • But Seriously Folks [Asylum, 1978] C+
  • The Best of Joe Walsh [ABC, 1978] B-
  • You Bought It--You Name It [Warner Bros., 1983] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

So What [ABC, 1974]
No artist this inconsequential should risk such a title. C+

But Seriously Folks [Asylum, 1978]
Well, "Second Hand Store" is fairly likable, but keep it to yourself--a follow-up would ruin everything. "Life's Been Good" is not only Summer Song '78, it was born to be a novelty one-shot, and that it happens to say more about the tribulations of stardom than all the concept albums ever devised on the subject just goes to show how deeply significant AM radio can be. C+

The Best of Joe Walsh [ABC, 1978]
'Twixt James Gang and Eagles Walsh justified his existence by developing his own brand of spacey, tuneful guitar schlock. I admit that it sounds like nothing else. But I can't imagine why anyone would want this much of it. B-

You Bought It--You Name It [Warner Bros., 1983]
Joe Walsh's Comedy Album--Finally. Featuring one pop standard gone studio-reggae, the ultimate (last?) video-game song, a cross between "Boobs a Lot" and "Dolly Parton's Hits," "Class of '65" for bathetic relief, and a song called "I Can Play That Rock & Roll" that isn't stupid (though it comes close). B+

Further Notes:

Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]