Rolling Stone #100 (January 20, 1972) 
   by Mike Saunders 
Straight Up is a big disappointment coming after Badfinger's previous superb album, No Dice. 
I remember reading a quote by drummer Mike Gibbins saying that Straight Up would be a "natural  progression" from the previous album -- as is usually the case with such supposed progressions, the  result here is self-consciousness in place of spontaneity, solemnity in the place of former exuberance,  and a general all-around deadness where infection energy was previously the rule. 
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cover: Jerry Garcia 
Rolling Stone #100 (January 20, 1972) cover
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