Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Consumer Guide by Review Date: 2012-04-17


Rick Berlin: Paper Airplane (Hi-N-Dry, 2010) "And Sean looked grim and said, 'Suicide'" ("Sean Penn on Charlie Rose," "If I Wasn't Such a Bum") **

Marshall Chapman: Big Lonesome (Tall Girl, 2011) Breakup album about a musician who up and died on her ("Big Lonesome," "I Love Everybody") *

Dr. John: Locked Down (Nonesuch, 2012) "For my next trick I will shuck my jive and generalize indignantly over a declarative rock beat" ("Big Shot," "Locked Down") **

Steve Earle: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West, 2011) There'll never be too many songs about death or George W. Bush ("Little Emperor," "Waitin' on the Sky") *

John Hiatt: Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West, 2011) Decades past his last outright keeper and 60 this year, he continues to roll out listenable collections like he'll never stop ("Don't Wanna Leave You Now," "Damn This Town," "Detroit Town") **

Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over (Nonesuch/Third Man, 2011) Jack White hits the geriatric Christian hottie with songs and horns that remind us what a weirdo she must be ("Thunder on the Mountain," "Shakin' All Over") **

Lee "Scratch" Perry: Rise Again (MOD Technologies, 2011) Surrounded by such coequals as Tunde Adebimpe, Sly Dunbar, and Hamid Drake, he--uh-oh--behaves himself ("Orthodox," "House of God") ***

Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream (Redwing, 2012) Bartholin's glands don't fail me now ("Used to Rule the World," "Million Miles") **

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