Robert Christgau spent his many years as a rock critic expertly abbreviating even his most laudatory or furious reviews down to, at most, a handful of sentences. His Consumer’s Guide of almost 15,000 albums was way ahead of its time — and now time has finally caught up with it, thanks to Twitter.
The Twitter user "Discography" calls his/her project "A definitive guide to an artist’s body of work (studio albums only) in 140 characters." This is damn near impossible without generalizing, especially in the case of people like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who had dozens of studio albums to their credit — and not including Buffalo Springfield, The Traveling Wilburys and so forth.
Neil Young: 1 shak(e)y; 2+3 yin/yang of entire career; 4 the hit; 5-7, 14 fucked-up genius; 8-13,20-33 yin/yang variations; 15-19 the ditch.
This makes sense as a broad overview, although closer examination yields some confusion — is the 14th album he refers to "Ragged Glory"? Why that one instead of the far superior "Freedom" or even "Harvest Moon"? He also appears to dismiss classics from the seventies that I don’t want to get off on a rant over.
You see how this could cause some consternation among music snobs. But for those who like to keep their Twitter feed interesting and at least mildly informative, this is a welcome addition.
Prince: 1-3 foreplay; 4-5 penetration; 6-9 ecstasy; 10-13 afterglow; 14-18 walk of shame; 19-35 occasional late-night booty calls.
Talking Heads: 1 pre-Eno jitters; 2-3 Eno!; 4 "Eno’s Talking Heads"; 5 post-Eno funk cash-in; 6 faux-pre-Eno; 7-8 "Hey, I’m a genius, too!"
Pink Floyd: 1 "I’m here"; 2 "I’m not here"; 3-7 whoosh!; 8 ch-ching!; 9 "He’s not here…"; 10-12 "…and it sucks"; 13-14 "We’re not here."
Oh, man, that Pink Floyd one is perfect…
Read the full feed here.