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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Robert Christgau Word of the Day

sen┬Ěten┬Ětious adj.

  1. Terse and energetic in expression; pithy.
    1. Abounding in aphorisms.
    2. Given to aphoristic utterances.

    1. Abounding in pompous moralizing.
    2. Given to pompous moralizing. (

Robbie Robertson [Geffen, 1987]

Once established as an icon of quality, he always took himself too seriously, and age has neither mellowed him nor wised him up. So now, casting about for a contemporary context, he hooks up with the two most sententious young artists of quality on the charts. Took some guts for such an unrepentant Americana-monger to risk Anglophobe wrath, but unfortunately, the mesh didn't take. Because whatever you think of Peter Gabriel and Bono Vox, you have to admit that unlike the old man they're a) idealistic, b) singers, and c) at no loss for context. C+ (


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