Looking forward to hearing this, review gives away about as much as the songs I've heard so far (which is a good thing).
(The whole thing, really. Nice one.)
Latest one is 'it partly renders the rest of the album redundant'. Either it does or it fucking doesn't. Jesus.
Absolute favourite line has to be '...or whatever it is that record people talk about.' Record people? Like, round people made of vinyl with little arms and legs?
You're right, it was a good idea to have both reviews together, and also to give Acrobatic Tenement a bit of the spotlight. The lack of extras doesn't matter, and doesn't mean that these records shouldn't be reappraised - as long as there's enthusiasm for music, it's great that it's being documented and discussed.
There is nothing wrong with this review in principle. My beef is with its execution, that it doesn't sound as blown away by these records or as interested in their reappearance as it should do, the word count being symptomatic of that, rather than its cause.
So nothing's changed, aside from the fact that AT is now out on vinyl for the first time, and ROC has been repressed so people don't have to spend £stupid getting a copy.
I think it was Omar who had an issue with Andy Wallace's mix, rather than all of them, and Jim's been the one giving press quotes about these re-releases...
833 words for two albums, 224 of which are devoted to factual foregrounding. I get the need for brevity in reviews, but not for a record whose reviewer has given it a 9/10. There is not room in 266 words for the depth of feeling a score like that should warrant.
The things read like they're scared, too. How can something be 'somewhat ground breaking'? How can there be an 'almost year zero'? These are massive statements about a band the reviewer is purporting to adore, and they deserve conviction.
At the Drive-In's music has the power to move people, the writer included (sometimes to the value of 9/10, apparently). These reviews read like it does no such thing.
Or is this a DiS review without a rating?!
Regardless, really looking forward to listening to this...
The first paragraph sums up exactly how I felt when I first heard White Pony as well. Nice one.
Really? Couldn't exactly hear martial drumming and delayed guitars knocking around anywhere...
It's not that great of a record. Certainly completely competent and inoffensive, but there's not much that grabs you round the heart and squeezes, is there?