Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Stoneground: Stoneground [Warner Bros., 1971]
People exercise themselves calling this a hype, but I've heard a lot worse and am happy to wish them humility and dues. Certainly the aptest use of Sal Valentino since the Beau Brummels were on Autumn (the Beau Brummels on Warners were my idea of a hype). In the best moment, Valentino's fake-dirty vocals interlock with a real dirty song called "Stroke Stand." B-