Admittedly, when someone reaches "favored artist" status, you might think that the devotee could be inclined to give the artist a pass on his lesser efforts or look at all offerings with, shall we say, "rose colored glasses." I tend to go the opposite way, being critical, but fair when it comes to bands or acts that I frequent. Not trying to be picayune, but I think I tend to hold them to a higher standard. While both Raspberries and Eric have offered up some songs that I consider off the mark, overall their catalogs have been filled with some truly excellent and definitive music. That having been said, I do try to keep an open mind when it comes to other artists. Good music is just that, regardless of who pens and performs it. Sadly, there isn't enough of it these days or, for that matter, good musicians. Still, it is amazing what you can find if you listen for it. The negative aspects of human nature can be trumped by an open mind.
ICR is flawed, too long to be commercial and tries to cram a lot of things into one song to name a couple of things. But it is a marker in time that showcases well the raw talent and willingness to take a chance by a young, up and coming, band from Cleveland. It is a powerful piece of work, and after all these years, still rates as one of my Top Three.
Just to show how differently we can view things, my mother watched and listened to ICR on the DVD and had this to say.
"What a beautiful song, right up until the rock and roll part."