Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

Consumer Guide:
  User's Guide
  Grades 1990-
  Grades 1969-89
  And It Don't Stop
  Book Reports
  Is It Still Good to Ya?
  Going Into the City
  Consumer Guide: 90s
  Grown Up All Wrong
  Consumer Guide: 80s
  Consumer Guide: 70s
  Any Old Way You Choose It
  Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
Xgau Sez
  And It Don't Stop
  CG Columns
  Rock&Roll& [new]
  Rock&Roll& [old]
  Music Essays
  Music Reviews
  Book Reviews
  NAJP Blog
  Rolling Stone
  Video Reviews
  Pazz & Jop
Web Site:
  Site Map
  What's New?
Carola Dibbell:
  Carola's Website
CG Search:
Google Search:

Consumer Guide Album

The Beckies: The Beckies [Sire, 1976]
Michael Brown (the Left Banke, Stories) keeps getting better. The weld between his snazzy European colors and textures and the concise, kinetic pop structures of his American rock and roll is by now totally invisible, and the playing is energetic and expert. But these songs might as well have no words at all--not just that the lyrics don't reward careful attention, but that the singing is valiantly serviceable and that is all. B-