Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Holidays Gone Crazy [Wee Beatz, 2008] A-

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Holidays Gone Crazy [Wee Beatz, 2008]
Kiddie music risks ick even when a curmudgeon like Jon Langford is cleaning the snot off its nose--cf. too much of 2006's Animal Crackers (although not "I'm an A.N.T," sung to the tune of Muddy Waters's "I'm a Man"). My theory is that by the time of this follow-up, he had a kid old enough to ask, "Hey Dad, what's that little arm sticking out of your bellybutton--looks like there's a little man . . ." There is, and he's "not known for his liberal views," unlike Rick Cookin' Sherry, whose interjected P.S.A.'s warn of the dangers of shoveling snow and eating your vegetables--dangers that pale before those of "Dinosaur Christmas": "Wrapped up in her stocking/There's a human for a pet." That Langford--always with the sense of history. A-