Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Hooked on Classics [RCA Victor, 1982] B
  • Plays the Music of Oasis [Music Club, 1997] C

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Hooked on Classics [RCA Victor, 1982]
I always knew English art-rock would be good for something eventually, and voilà--on one disc the Phils have woven together (well, maybe "strung" would be more accurate) no fewer than one hundred three melodies that have stood the test of time, every one a milestone of European culture. At long last the three Bs get to roll back over on Chuck Berry--there are more catchy tunes here than on a Beatle Weekend. And though I admit that the segue from "Stranger in Paradise" to "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!" is a little abrupt for my tastes, I figure that's the kind of avant-garde épatement that's always made modern art so exciting. Who's in that rhythm section?! And are you listening, Glenn Branca?! B

Plays the Music of Oasis [Music Club, 1997]
Horny minisymphonies with a trap drummer and even, unless my ears deceive me, the occasional electric guitar. Maybe it's a wonderful world after all. C