Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Railroad Jerk

  • Railroad Jerk [Matador, 1990] *
  • One Track Mind [Matador, 1995] Neither
  • The Third Rail [Matador, 1996] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Railroad Jerk [Matador, 1990]
steam-powered industrial ("In My Face") *

One Track Mind [Matador, 1995] Neither

The Third Rail [Matador, 1996]
Marcellus Hall represents Manhattan art-slackerdom like the proud denizen he is. Whether courting a librarian or donning the leftwing blackface of "Objectify Me," he's got his vernacular literacy down, and he can also write a chorus. Talk about local color--there's even a song with "shareholders" in it. B+