Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Bulldog: Bulldog [Decca, 1972]
Singer Billy Hocher has a little more raw energy and a lot less loving subtlety than Felix Cavaliere, but with Dino Danelli on drums and Gene Cornish on guitar this is something like what the Rascals might have become if they'd gone heavy instead of jazzy. They do well by "Too Much Monkey Business" and "Rockin' Robin" and offer at least two originals that feed my hard rock jones: "Have a Nice Day," which is sarcastic, and "No," a great single that may never get over the top. B-