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George Arthur

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

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Downhome Dadaism in a cheap suit, but this time around it's a double-knit. Crumb becomes cartoonist-cum-crooner [in R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders], ripe but two decades late for Spike Jones…. Even in the year of Moog Synthesizer Ragtime it is unlikely that this release will capture the imagination of the greater public. But if the climate were any healthier—or becomes more desperate—these tunes should have all America singing and dancing. Besides the definitive country blues holler about Amerikan shitfood, the album has three songs about women whose names begin with L, ten other selections and cover art by Crumb. As he said of the album, "As long as it's no hassle it's okay with me."

George Arthur, "Capsule Reviews: 'R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders'," in Crawdaddy (copyright © 1974 by Crawdaddy Publishing Co., Inc.; all rights reserved; reprinted by permission), November, 1974, p. 81.