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IT'S A SLAP IN THE FACE FOR COLDPLAY.
...if you're going to get annoyed about how critics JUST DON'T APPRECIATE OUR BIGGEST NAMES, try not to run the piece in the same day's paper as your lead pop critic calls Adele a "Primark-soul shouter".
they ran pretty much the same article announcing the shocking fact that X&Y by Coldplay wasn't the most highly acclaimed album of the year
it's just this year the level of annoyance seems completely out of whack. Wonder if they did the same piece in 2009 when Susan Boyle had the year's best selling album.
the Independent on Sunday has, to try and show how it's not like those pesky broadsheets
that Adele has made a fair few top 10s (17 according to Metacritic) and...OK I shouldn't be quibbling such a daft article.
......."the Top 10 that really counts – sales" it renders the article completely worthless to most seasoned music connoisseurs and besides, the moment Adele started harping on about her tax returns she became largely irrelevant....and good riddance, the masses are welcome to her!
The article might as well read:
"WHY DOESN'T THIS POLL LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE BEST SELLING ALBUM CHART??!?"
Honestly, get a fucking clue.
it's like he was reading some lists and felt insecure that he was so out of touch. how did this man land this job? bizarre.
I mean they still give Janet Street Porter a column.
Originally appeared in The Express, but pretty much sums up the sentiment of this Independent article.
shouldn't the Michael Buble Christmas album be in every music journalism professional's favourites of the year?
It's madness I tell you!
".. the anointed arbiters of good music have proclaimed P J Harvey's Let England Shake as the best album of the year. The only trouble is that hardly anyone would agree with the sentiment.."
eh? the quoted 130,000 sales alone suggests a fair few people like it. where does he get 'hardly anyone' from?? it's not like she's an unknown. bafflingly rubbish argument there.
30 million albums is nothing.
And the back catalogues of acts such as Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Wild Beasts, Kurt Vile, James Blake and the Horrors are not exactly troubling the bestseller charts."
what sick c*nt wrote this
the Independent on Sunday's chief music writer is Simon Price, not a man given to promoting the populist.
Probably the best music writer for a newspaper there is in the UK. Far better than that mug Petridis who I loathe with all my heart.
but really, Simon Price? Not only does he persist in a belief that The Darkness are good, but he's the worst type of reverse-snobbery critic. And just generally spouts crap.
Never said I agreed with him 100% of the time (tbh, I probably only agree with him about 20% of the time), but he refuses to blow whichever way the wind blows. Unlike Petridis, who is a complete gutter-rat. But then again what would you expect from a man who masquerades as a fashion critic?
His small pieces generally consisted of saying ‘I’ve been told that X is in fashion. Here I am wearing X – doesn’t it make me look ridiculous?’
I don’t think that ever considered it more than a place for tongue-in-cheek comments.
I then realise I agreed with him and instantly disavow ever having agreed with him.
I think my hatred is somewhat irrational.
why didn't i know this all along ! i feel like i've missed out on so much...
a list with radiohead, tom waits and bon iver !?
of Radiohead out of those three.
qualify as ' so obscure they're not even famous in their own homes' though
was to make me aim to buy whokill, rather than just keep playing it on spotify...
we can't have nice things.
It'd be much longer were it not for the fact that on Thursday I read one about how the Golden Globes shortlist was clearly prizing 'star power' over quality due to its failure to shortlist the Tree of Life, a film starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.
to suggest sales are a yardstick for quality
that the top three newspapers of 2011 are the Sun, the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror. Their sales obviously imply high quality journalism.
as the Indie's most recent sales figures are approx... 130,000
By now, unfortunately, you will have come to read a large article based on poor premises.
Like me, you will of course, by virtue of the fact you actually engage and think about music be incredulous.
To this end, bare some things in mind. Firstly, you are correct, it is absolutely rubbish, a well designed thoughtful album based on research and general musicianship is more worthwhile than one whose fame is based on the number of people who have bought the album on the basis of the what ever their friends listen too, or whatever was n tv the night before.
You are absolutely correct.
But before you comment, consider a few things: the general perspective espoused by this 'journalist' is, at the very least, out of date. More than this, it is...boring. A cardinal sin. One that mirrors his poor defence of poor music. (such as the madonna\marilyn Manson clone called lady gaga, catchy on occasion but as repeatable as a kebab)
I respect the need you have to criticise or argue with this ndividual but I would recommend you pull against your natural instincts and go and comment on something worth while reading.
That is all."
Bless. I do love twatty little 16 year old boys.
...and wondered whether a DiS hijack was in order. Perhaps the people who comment on the Indie site have to be 'good' all rounders, since they need to deal with current affairs, sport and the like. DiSers are experts within their own niche.
But you're right. Bloody hilarious.
The Guardian and Daily Mail are even better.
Having the words Paul and Phoenix so close together just made me all nostalgic like. Completely unrelated however:
And yeah the whole sales = quality argument is just silly. By that logic McDonalds makes the best hamburgers in the world.
Although I do enjoy a bit of James Blake And The Horrors. Proper lads, proper tunes etc.
But then the same thing happened last year with the WHO ARE THE SUBURBS? thing. I can see where he thinks he has a point, but the lists come generally from publications whose lists generally do match the opinions of their readership. It just happens that the number of magazines/ websites who cater for 'our' demographic is much larger than for others. If DiS put Adele at #1 in their end of year list then it would be far more of a slap in the face than not putting her top would be to a load of people who are, most probably, unaware of said list. Likewise, Popjustise and Kerrang aren’t going to name Let England Shake album of the year because that would completely disregard their readership.
oh God I feel better for that.
sold 130k copies though we must be wrrronnnng duur
I mean she's a total radical dude...but jesus fucking christ if I read another virgin's opinion / listing of it I'm going to set some swans on fire.
lost all respect for them as a publication, I mean, seriously??
reviewers are expected to know how well an album will sell over the course of the year in advance of reviewing it, so that the sales match up with the critical scores at the end of the year
by reference to sales figures. Duh.
especially when you look at the biggest selling albums in the UK by year. Some really terrible music has sold bucketloads over the years:
was featured pretty high in P4K's top 100 of the 90s.
...or am I thinking of Pavement?
the world will know that the majority of DiSers prefer Robson and Jerome to Pavement, even if the insecure powers-that-be deny it. mark my words.
TBF, I've never even heard a Bruno Mars song, so for all I know it's the greatest thing in the world.
The funny thing about the anti-snob article is that it's basically saying "you don't need me", that the industry's marketing machine will do the trick nicely.
If you think about it, it's a damn lucky thing the masses generally can't string enough words together to form a sentence.
Who the fucking fuck wrote this article?