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George Gerdes

  • Obituary [United Artists, 1971] C+
  • Son of Obituary [United Artists, 1972] B

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Obituary [United Artists, 1971]
Gerdes casts his jaundiced larynx upon foibles cultural and countercultural as well as the usual romantic reverses. Very waggish. But although the notion of a wag with a lyrical soft streak is always winning, I wish this particular streak didn't extend to the plight of flower ladies and the reality of rain. C+

Son of Obituary [United Artists, 1972]
Gerdes has a weakness for the kind of high extruded wordplay that only the stoned survive, and he uses the word "existential" in two different songs. Of course, one time he's jesting, as is his wont; quite frequently these songs fall somewhere between the funny, the acerbic, and the wacked out, which ain't a bad place to be. But too often the joke--like the voice--wears thin. B