Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Ruth Brown

  • The Real Ruth Brown [Cobblestone, 1972] B-
  • Here's That Rainy Day [Garland, 1999] Dud

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The Real Ruth Brown [Cobblestone, 1972]
In which the young r&b singer becomes the mature jazz singer. Ruth Brown gave us some wonderful times way back when (remember "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean"?) and there are wonderful times here, too (I vote for "Snap Your Fingers" and "All Around the World") but they're cut with a lot of club-act schlock. How about a one-year moratorium on "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"? B-

Here's That Rainy Day [Garland, 1999] Dud

Further Notes:

Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]