Robert Christgau

Feature: 'The Many Reasons to Love Wussy' by Robert Christgau by Lisa Walker

Rock critic Robert Christgau published a feature in the Barnes & Noble Review (March 6, 2012) titled The Many Reasons to Love Wussy, saying:

“Wussy have been the best band in America since they released the first of their five superb albums in 2005, only nobody knows it except me and my friends. I’m oversimplifying, of course. Wussy are a moderately big deal in their unhip Cincinnati hometown, and in part because so many of my friends are rock critics, their 2011 Strawberry finished 109th in the 2011 Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll — not bad for a band never once mentioned in Pitchfork. (Ever.) Nevertheless, they remain dishearteningly obscure.” - Robert Christgau

Read the full feature here.

Update: This piece was later published in Christgau’s October 2018 anthology titled Is It Still Good to Ya?: Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017 (Duke University Press).

Photo: Michael Kearns

Photo: Michael Kearns

'Funeral Dress' Review by Robert Christgau in Village Voice by Wussy News

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Wussy’s debut record Funeral Dress landed on Robert Christgau’s Dean’s List for the 2006 Village Voice Pazz & Jop critic’s poll: https://www.villagevoice.com/2006/01/24/deans-list/

He also reviewed the record in the February 1, 2006 issue of Village Voice, giving it an “A” grade and saying:

“Small, but about perfect, with Walker handling the human detail and Cleaver tossing off metaphors—a sideshow horse, a shunt to drain the fear from his brain. It’s an ideal partnership—vocally and lyrically, Walker grounds the old guy and he lifts her. The band sound is more Velvets than Burritos, yet country still. It’s as if they’ve reduced all of white Ohio to an articulated drone, unlocked a silo or warehouse of hummable tunes, and worked out the harmonies.” - Robert Christgau

Read the full review here.