Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Rollins Band

  • The End of Silence [Imago, 1992] Dud
  • Weight [Imago, 1994] Dud
  • Come In and Burn [DreamWorks, 1997] C-

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The End of Silence [Imago, 1992] Dud

Weight [Imago, 1994] Dud

Come In and Burn [DreamWorks, 1997]
Success doesn't suit this drug addict, who will kick caffeine only when they synthesize rage itself. Since I got big yucks out of 1992's spoken-word twofer The Boxed Life, which recalled a lab-assistant job and other homely pursuits, I am entitled to grouse about the grim star diary that is 1997's spoken-word twofer Black Coffee Blues. And while it's no surprise that this thrash-and-churn is his metalest metal ever, it's amazing that Spielberg-Katzenberg-Geffen made Rollins their flagship rocker--for all his corp clout and cult cred, he was off the charts a month after he muscled on. As pathetic as it is for aging Spinal Taps to fabricate melodrama out of an adolescent despair they remember via groupies and fan mail, it's even more pathetic never to feel anything else. C-