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Quite an interesting article which also touches on Radiohead. I can sort of sympathise. Is he right?
1. Secret Meeting
3. Lit Up
4. Looking For Astronauts
5. Daughters of the Soho Riots
6. Baby We'll Be Fine
7. Friend of Mine
8. Val Jester
9. All The Wine
11. The Geese of Beverley Road
12. City Middle
13. Mr November
And he's right...he does appear to not like The National
isn't really able to explain why more than "I just don't like them"
had little variation in pace or tone from start to end, even while it was professionally written and fairly clever - it appealed to my middle class educated brain. I'm sure he's a terrific guy. But I hate him.
built to a crescendo of "Goddamns" a common trick of many popular and acclaimed journalists that turns me off apart from when it is done by journalists whose writing I really like.
Almost every negative piece about them equates to "I don't like The National because they're The National". Pretty lame.
''I was a white girl in a crowd of white girls in a park'' is sexist, but whatevs. Also, he's really going to call them portentous and self-conscious, and then go on to write an article like that?
Sounds like a National lyric
So does "i decided to get pregnant at 26"
But this line struck a chord even with me: 'The National makes me feel that rock music, like much of American literature and visual art before it, has died and gone to graduate school.'
Saw that article, and before I even finished reading the subject line of this thread I knew it would be a response to that. I understand the hate-on here for that guy and his article, but I saw it as being rather tongue-in-cheek and not really about The National anyway so much as about the author himself. He seems like he could be a bit of a self absorbed twat but I found it amusing anyway, and youve got to admit The National do love their crescendos, perhaps to a fault.
it was all parody. I quite enjoyed the article, and I guess it encouraged debate.
perhaps we need more provocative tosh in the DiS main content (rather than just on the boards)...
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