Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Pat Benatar

  • In the Heat of the Night [Chrysalis, 1979] C+
  • Best Shots [Chrysalis, 1989] C

Consumer Guide Reviews:

In the Heat of the Night [Chrysalis, 1979]
Where some "eclectic" rock and rollers brim with sheer experimental joy, Benatar is sodden with try-anything-once ambition. From showbiz "hard rock" ("Heartbreaker") to big-beat "cabaret" ("Don't Let It Show") to received "futurism" ("My Clone Sleeps Alone") to fake-Blondie "Eurodisco" ("We Live for Love"), she shows about as much aesthetic principle as Don Kirshner. Though she does have a better voice than Kirshner. C+

Best Shots [Chrysalis, 1989]
Does anyone remember anymore that she was originally a "cabaret" act? Does anyone remember anymore that early on she was sold as "new wave"? Cher without innocence, chutzpah, acting ability, or "Gypsys, Tramps, and Thieves," she finally semiretired to family life. This best-of is her artistic legacy. I'm sure she's a good mom--pretty sure, anyway. C

Further Notes:

Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]