Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Generation X

  • Generation X [Chrysalis, 1978] B+
  • Valley of the Dolls [Chrysalis, 1979] C+

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Generation X [Chrysalis, 1978]
This punk band's notorious commitment to pop is evident mostly in surprising harmonies and song structures--musically, they're not trying to be cute. And although as singles "Your Generation," "Ready Steady Go," and "Wild Youth" never knocked my socks off, they're the nucleus of a tough, consistent, inventive album. B+

Valley of the Dolls [Chrysalis, 1979]
Since the music itself doesn't compel close listening, a simple improvement might be a lyric sheet permitting leisurely analysis of what's transformed their belligerance into despond and slid their penchant for pop-rock amenities into the murk. C+