Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Consumer Guide by Review Date: 2013-08-02


Big Boi/Killer Mile: Trackstar the DJ Presents the Shoes for Running Tour Mixtape (Trackstar download, 2013) Many rare old collabs here, a number of them also fine, the finest not so rare as all that ("The Whole World," "Oh No") **

Shemekia Copeland: 33 1/3 (Telarc, 2012) The title refers to her age, which she's come of ("Can't Let Go," "Somebody Else's Jesus") ***

John Fogerty: Wrote a Song for Everyone (Vanguard, 2013) Best cameos by Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, and, hmm, the Foo Fighters, and as a few solo shots prove, he needs 'em ("Fortunate Son," "Wrote a Song for Everyone," "Hot Rod Heart") *

Iggy and the Stooges: Ready to Die (Fat Possum, 2013) His first album worth noticing in longer than one need determine proves that even facing death with his best buds he'll rely on the shtick that has served him so profitably for so long ("Job," "Dirty Deal") **

L.L. Cool J: Authentic (429, 2013) Cooler as Captain Lifer than Mr. Goodbar, but surprisingly likable either way ("Bath Salt," "We Came to Party") **

Moby: Destroyed (Mute, 2011) The 18 to Wait for Me's Play--only not by as decisive a margin, these things are subtle (too subtle) ("The Broken Places," "The Day") ***

David Murray Infinity Quartet: Be My Monster Love (Motema, 2013) If cocktail quartet with vocals is your concept, be sure to get paper on that chick singer you snagged ("Be My Monster Love," "Stressology") **

Tricky: False Idols (!K7, 2013) Illbient slimmed into smoove groove, a conscious maturity move less escapist than you'd fear and less vital than you'd hope ("Tribal Drums," "Hey Love") ***

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