The Guardian gave The View's new album 3 stars out of 5. Whether this album warrants such high praise is certainly up for debate but when you compare that to the three starts that Diiv's album Oshin recieved it put their whole rating system down the pan. The new Twin Shadow and Dirty Projectors' albums both only recieved 4 stars.
Normally ratings don't matter to me, but when such a highly regarded medium is suggesting that the new View album stands to be counted amongst the aforementioned albums it really grabs my goat.
What has happened to the British music press? Should a newspaper of such worth which usually does such a fantastic job of promoting British culture not do more for music worthy of acclaim? Look at the films sections for example, they have Kermode and Solomon regularly giving great exposure to films that deserve it, whether it's the newest blockbuster or arthouse release.
When it comes to music, journalists seem to praise homegrown talent far quicker than anything vastly superior that flies in overseas. Parrallels can be found between British bands and English footballers, the View being the equivalent of Stewart Downing, The Enemy being that of James Milner leaving the Dirty Projectors as Pirlo or Mario Gomez.
If it ain't pub rock, we ain't buying it...