Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Consumer Guide by Review Date: 1972-11-01


Jim Croce: You Don't Mess Around With Jim (ABC, 1972) A nice, original persona here--the truck driver, world-weary machismo with a heart of gold--plus a song that should be even better than the title hit, "Operator." More than a novelty, less than the big star he doubtless wants to be, he'll be around. B-

Booker T. & Priscilla: Home Grown (Dunhill, 1972) This is mostly sententious and silly--it includes a 12 minute version of "Who Killed Cock Robin?" that the artist says was inspired in Heaven but I suspect was concocted in Limbo--but radio programmers should listen to "Maggie's Farm," in which (by genius or chance) the conversational and musical elements of Dylan's delivery are split almost prismatically. I like these people and I wish everything they did was that good. C

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