Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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John Entwistle: Smash Your Head Against the Wall [Decca, 1971]
Entwistle is an important source of the fucked-up Calvinism that has always added that peculiar note of constraint to the Who--just remember where Peter Townshend turned when he needed a song about Uncle Ernie. These paeans of resentment and frustration climax thematically in songs called "Heaven and Hell" and "You're Mine" (starring John as Satan). But the music--not the melodies, the singing and playing--adds some not-so-peculiar constraints of its own. B