Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Joe Fahey

  • Bushnell's Turtle [Rough Fish, 2011] **
  • February on Ice [Sony Music UK, 2021] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Bushnell's Turtle [Rough Fish, 2011]
Singer-songwriter buys a dictionary and lives to make a joke about it ("I Could Not Steal Her Heart [So I Stole Her Car]," "Delta Pine Blues") **

February on Ice [Sony Music UK, 2021]
Twin Cities lifer Fahey hits the bullseye twice with the same song, the explicitly ecological "Dante's Inferno," which serves as both Crazy Horse-style opener and solo-acoustic closer: "What are you gonna do when the glaciers flood your basement?/What are you gonna do when you have to answer to Al Gore?" That plus its life's companion we wish would grow old, the long overdue cheap shot "Fuck the Republicans," would certainly inspire a guy to get his album on, especially with good ones that aren't filler themselves close at hand. "Day Drinking With Dracula," for instance, is a joke that comes easy. "I Feel So Alone Now" is so bereft you'll feel a touch bereft yourself if you can just keep listening. A-