On January 3 1974 Rolling Stone critic Jim Miller described the Grateful Dead as "professional amateurs" in his review of the band's Wake of the Flood. He said the album's lyrics "plumb new depths of dull-witted, inbred, blissed-out, hippy-dippyness".An example:
Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world/
but the heart has its beaches its homeland and thoughts of its own
Of vocalists Jerry Garcia Bob Weir and Keith Godchaux, Miller wrote "those poor bastards still can barely sing" and described their voices as "generally sick, usually woozy, and often afflicted with perpetual head cold, twinges of sinus trouble, you name it".