Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Consumer Guide by Review Date: 2012-04-27


Cloud Nothings: Cloud Nothings (Carpark, 2011) Sincere ex-brat faces mortality and/or sexual insecurity without whining or fronting about it ("Nothing's Wrong," "Been Through") **

The Coathangers: Larceny & Old Lace (Suicide Squeeze, 2011) The meat remains, the sauce does not ("Go Away," "Jaybird") **

Dengue Fever: Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy, 2011) Not only are their English lyrics easier to understand than their Khmer lyrics, they're easier to understand than your English lyrics ("Cement Slippers," "Mr. Bubbles") *

Dum Dum Girls: Only in Dreams (Sub Pop, 2011) Pretty darn good Pretenders ("Wasted Away," "In My Head") ***

Imperial Teen: Feel the Sound (Merge, 2012) "Too many songs we sang are left unsung"--that about sums it up ("Last to Know," "Out From Inside") **

The Kills: Blood Pressures (Domino, 2011) Love still hurts, but they understand it better ("The Heart Is a Beating Drum," "Pots and Pans") ***

The Shins: Port of Morrow (Aural Apothecary/Columbia, 2012) Problem's less the precious lyrics he attaches to his premium melodies than the increasingly precious way he sings them ("Simple Song," "September") **

The Wax Museums: Eye Times (Trouble in Mind, 2011) Brat-punk lives in Denton, Texas, and that's a good thing ("Midlife Crisis," "Mosquito Enormo") **

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