Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Thats Not What I Heard [Kill Rock Stars, 2001] **
  • Movement [Kill Rock Stars, 2003] C+

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Thats Not What I Heard [Kill Rock Stars, 2001]
"Honey ain't no woman like a Southern girl," declares Arkansan female now residing in Northwest bohemia ("Swing Low," "Southern Comfort") **

Movement [Kill Rock Stars, 2003]
A fat sexy lesbian teenager whose entire trio escaped Arkansas for Olympia? A big voice with its emotions out front? What's not to love? Nothing, declare gossipmongers bowled over by their strenuous gigs. To which well-wishers must inquire, Er, how about music? Beth Ditto gives no indication she could sing the tunes that aren't here. Brace Howdeshall applies punk chops to a soul concept. Kathy Mendonca doesn't know what an offbeat is. And face it, folks--when it comes to putting good old rock 'n' roll on record, a bass player really helps. C+