Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Passage [A&M, 1981] D-

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Passage [A&M, 1981]
Though I wish he wouldn't dedicate this venture (or his life) to "Our Savior, Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth," that's not why (Brother) Louis Johnson pisses me off (cf. Al Green, Maria Muldaur). He pisses me off because he's as sterile and chickenshit as the polite elevator funk he uses to sell his message--too chickenshit to mention, for instance, that he believes "Mr. Jewish Man" and "Mr. Muslim Man" are doomed to burn in hellfire. Heed my advice, people. When somebody tells you to "say good-bye to the reasoning/That's standing in your way," think some more. And when somebody tells you that without Jesus "you can't be livin'," take a deep breath. D-