What's Wrong with This Picture?
Released: April 1977
Chart Peak: #95
Weeks Charted: 16
Andrew Gold's second album is a disappointment. His debut record, Andrew Gold, released a little over a year ago, bristled with fast, smart pop songs and confirmed the promise and intelligence of his lead guitar work on Linda Ronstadt's recent records. The music on What's Wrong, however, is slack and often tedious, its lyrics fatuous.
Gold's guitar playing remains commanding and, on "Go Back Home Again," inventive and moving. But the weakness of the material (which, except for lumpy covers of "Do Wah Diddy" and "Stay," is original) calls attention to Gold's inability to convey sufficient character range and expression with his voice.
- Ken Tucker, Rolling Stone, 3/10/77.
Well, let's see, a quick survey of the relevant ones: guitar plugged into telephone, forty-five on tape deck, calendar opened to November 31, copy of People with Gold on the cover, and this record, with its borrowed life -- anyone can make "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy" sound OK -- and authentic self-pity. Big insight: On "Lonely Boy," the source of L.A. weltschmerz is revealed to be siblings. C-
- Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981.
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