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Looked it up in my current Inni-related excitement. Unashamedly arty/pretentious, I like it!
he's finished his a-levels now...
Odd, because I have witnissed some shocking undergraduate stuff too
by that point most of them are out of other people's social bubble.
a few managed to discover Facebook Notes.
No offence meant to Sean, but good music writing makes you want to run to the nearest headphones and listen, this doesn't, this is a review of someone wanking over Pitchfork's infamous Kid A review and basically amounts to THIS BAND IS REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD. Sean's learnt and got better since.
Sorry if I sound harsh, and I kind of think one should aim high, and I think it's tremendously difficult to put into words that rush of an absolutely astonishing album, but it is a personal experience nad trying to talk through what'll happen to the reader as it plays is...not going to work. Talk through what you went through listening, explain what it is like best, you can play around, etc but reading that, I'd probably prefer if Sean had written "this is a masterpiece of the highest order, that everyone should at least give a listen. It is exciting and everything music should be blah de blah" than add bold words etc.
Now is when I find out Sean is still really proud of this review and I've massively offended him...
More like eulogising
I think examples like this are fun to read, but maybe in small doses.
in an article on it's own, rather than a review, which I do like to give me an impression of what it sounds like, though this is often more helpful in discerning if i'd like something even if the critic doesn't
why would i want to read "the textures are smooth and overlapping, washing over you like a static sea" which is mainly what music reviews are, just an adjective circle jerk. i don't actually know what the album sounds like, you can't explain it to me with a thesaurus. either just tell me what genre it closely belongs to and what other bands it sort of sounds like, or go all out and type pretentious completely abstract nonsense.
the dude is obviously so completely overwhelmed with how much he loves it that he lets all these gibberish analogies spill out, each one trying to outdo the last. he looks like a bit of an idiot for it, but i can respect the love in there.
Because the intended impression, of total love for a record, would diminish with overuse
and I'm not against people putting their massive orgasmic joy at records down on paper, but it's totally unhelpful as a review...
I do feel a bit of a grouch on this tbh, but in the long run think that Kid A review made as many enemies as friends of that record, and I am someone who find the album every bit as beautiful as the reviewer
i don't really use reviews as a deciding factor on if i'll listen to it or not, i just go by the score + word of mouth + bands it sounds like. if i don't have at least 2 out of 3 there i give it a miss, usually.
but a few reviewers etc I will judge to at least have a fair hit rate comparable with my tastes. I will also go on general 'blog buzz' etc and recommendations from friends. Reviews are of course fairly insubstantial in this arena when I'm reviewing many but for someones just heard of a band, googles them, and sean's review is the first up, would that put people onto them or put them off?
I think it may put them off a bit to be honest.
very good because it's allowed people to gush about albums without constrained into serious review, or more pertinantly rank it in anyway so as to thus try and justify it's importance or anything. Think more review sites need to give a space for critics to gush over their favourite stuff without the pretence of saying it's the most important album ever, or even necessarily their most perfect record
But then finding the medium for this style of writing is difficult, with articles often focusing on wider topics than specific records.
That Guardian feature has been good
which seems a happy compromise for all concerned :P
otherwise here lies dead thread
which wafts on various tangents, rather than me bothering to review any records any more.
trouble is, i wanna do something celebratory, and all i end up writing, every time i try drafting the first one, is a massive rant, followed by a once sentence description of the thing i like.
got me to listen to two 'classic' albums I'd never got round too, granted I only liked one of them really. Hope it sticks around.
...I always try to write reviews in the style of the record (the above is as dense and intentionally confusing as the record itself) and probably will never grow out of trying to do that.
however, that sigur ros review is ridiculous (not that i regret it, it's a snapshot of me at the time...i remember sitting on sofa, drunk, laptop burning my thighs, typing and typing, and words ending up on the internet an hour or so later...), and i've hopefully learnt how to write a bit betterer now - which is kind of what you'd hope would happen.
...oh, and this is what happened after i read tom wolfe for the first time...
I much prefer your how to dress well review
thanks, i've added a note to the minutes
It's intriguing and it comes from that Lester Bangs school of writing about music as it alters you, consumes or alienates you.
used to post a lot back in the day eh!?