Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Lonesome Bob

  • Things Fall Apart [Checkered Past, 1997] B+
  • Things Change [Leaps, 2002] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Things Fall Apart [Checkered Past, 1997]
A Nashville naysayer with a painful vision of domestic truth, a robust rocker who's fond of words like "overidealized" and "problematic," an organic intellectual who looks on the dark side, this guy is too smart to let the music take care of itself. But music isn't where he puts his conceptual energy. On maybe half these songs, he gets the words just right--cf. the outrageous "My Mother's Husband," about not always getting what you want, and the merely clever "What Went Wrong," about the practical parameters of psychotherapy. Every time he does, the music sounds fabulous. B+

Things Change [Leaps, 2002]
country's not his discipline, realism is ("Heather's All Bummed Out," "Dying Breed"); ***