Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • New Miserable Experience [A&M, 1992] C+

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New Miserable Experience [A&M, 1992]
Even if you hate weak guys a lot more than I do, you can't deny that "Hey Jealousy" is a classic--Peter Buck himself would kill (or at least steal) for that gold-plated guitar hook. But though the guy who came up with it is now dead, the group and its handlers jangle on through mediocre follow-ups programmers wouldn't have played twice before "Hey Jealousy" softened them up. Released in 1992, the album is now double platinum, on the charts a year and a half after it broke. And I wouldn't put it past them to sell the next one too. The marketplace--what mere journalist can fathom it? C+