Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Mountain: Flowers of Evil [Windfall, 1971]
You can't deny these boys are pros--they know how to pace an album, hard ones and soft ones and golden oldies and rhinestone originals, and I still love their famous fat-skinny counterpoint on stage. But any group that can attach a line like "Proud and gentle was the loving of the last two island swans" to a great hard rock tune has got to be doing something wrong. C