As Abraham Lincoln so eloquently stated, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time,” and good critics hope to never fall into the category of fools even when others stumble, but these fifteen critical reviews of classic albums found a few reviewers with their pants down, though they may still stubbornly believe they’re one of the few who haven’t been fooled by the whims of pop culture.
The critic: Rolling Stone’s John Mendelsohn
This review pissed off Jimmy Page so royally that he refused to speak to Rolling Stone for years, a fact that would cause the magazine much consternation throughout the ’70s as Led Zep bestrode the world like tight-trousered, mudshark-wielding commercial colossi. Still, you can’t blame Page for taking offense to this — amongst other things, Mendelsohn calls Robert Plant “as foppish as Rod Stewart, but he’s nowhere near so exciting” and lambasts the guitarist as “a very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs.”
The nastiest bit: “In their willingness to waste their considerable talent on unworthy material the Zeppelin has produced an album which is sadly reminiscent of [the Jeff Beck Group's] Truth. Like the Beck group they are also perfectly willing to make themselves a two- (or, more accurately, one-a-half) man show. It would seem that, if they’re to help fill the void created by the demise of Cream, they will have to find a producer (and editor) and some material worthy of their collective attention.”
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