Tickets and further details on them there Grey Lantern shows can be found at
everything you see as negative about this record is everything I see as a positive, such is the joy of subjectivity.
I do take some umbrage that the overriding opinion seems to be serious album = bad album. Not everyone's interested in pedaling overly self-aware LOLS. And I don't think they could be described as 'thoughtless' at all, sometimes their thoughts don't always seem cohesive and are a little impenetrable, but if you really dig deep into the lyrics and try to grapple with some of the themes, it opens up a lot and goes some way to explain why the album is structured and paced as it is. IMO.
I've not listened to the record yet so I don't have much of an opinion on Hayley's premise in itself. It was, as usual for her, an entertaining and thoughtful dissection, as proved by you feeling moved enough to reply below positing an alternative angle - that's all part of the fun of reviews of course, the debate and discussion of art and opening yourself up to new interpretations of a work that you'd otherwise not considered.
However, 'Especially the slightly throwaway and a little bit patronising notion of 'maturity', which so many journalists seem to be obsessed with' Really irks me.
As editor of this site I'm not sure why you'd choose to so openly disparage one of your writers on a piece that she's written for you, for your website. I know that the continual drive of discussion by both the site’s users and contributors is what is key to its success and, of course, you should be able to partake in that as much as anybody else. However, to say something like that in the public domain to one of your writers, something that’s been written which sounds like it’s been done so with a shit-eating grin forming across your mouth, is pretty insulting to both the writer in question and, I imagine, plenty of others here who slog their guts out to produce quality content for you free of charge. As editor you’ve the power to discuss grievances with copy behind closed doors, choosing to do so out in the open like this shows a disregard for the efforts the writer has put in for you, and indeed, a general dismissal of the quality of their work (and Hayley is one of the finer writers out there). I’m sure you will come back enjoying the fact that you’ve trolled me or whatever, or you’ll point out that to make it as a writer you’ve got to take a good shoeing from time to time, but in this instance and in this way I think it was misplaced, and sends a pretty bad message to any contributors and would-be contributors about the value you place in the work they do for you.
HGM was the first act I ever reviewed for DiS, liked them then - need to check this out
link should work now
Completely hollow album
it's a fine EP anyway
rather than an album - but a good read! Teen Dreams is amazing, even more so live
for squeezing The Field into the top 20! I'd have had it at 1 but yer already know that dontcha. Glad to see it high up.
so yeah, I've altered that part about Womack following further research and discovering that he actually almost passed out when recording the vocals to 'Stylo' My bad on that one.
It doesn't change my view on Plastic Beach as a whole though - for me Gorillaz was a great concept that didn't really reach a satisfactory conclusion.
love those Gas albums
reminds me a little of Razorlight's 2011 promo shots for some reason
I'd like a loosening of the 'review' tag as I think a straight up "here's what this song sounds like" sort of review is becoming increasingly irrelevant; what does interest me is how the album fits into the body of the artist's career/life as a whole, the context with which it's come about and how that informs the song choices on the album. Using whatever the latest release as a springboard to discuss an artist in great detail I guess, though ultimately still coming back to whether they think the newest record is any good or not.
I agree with those saying "less-is-more" too; I'd like less articles but those articles that are posted to be in depth, informed pieces - give perhaps slacker deadlines but then really make us work as writers and make DiS a distinguished place (more than it already is) to get your work published
I enjoyed this review
was Eye from the Boredoms. Good review though, bold move to eschew all their older material but then on the other hand I'm not sure there'd have been a way they could've re-worked the older stuff successfully
The brand building company behind them tell them to let their music do the talking.
this made me listen through every CTC track I own and resulted in me being thoroughly depressed at their demise. I just hope you're happy with yourself (great article)
7,500 words you could've commented on btw
no idea where that came from, I didn't write it..
Wish I there but this application form's great; a day and half writing about my greatest achievements! I really like the bit about Muse - hope they become well and truly vanquished.
back when it was free :-(
it's not about being fake, there's no point laughing and joking about a bunch of songs if you don't really like them and the worse thing a critic can do is like everything they write about; but it's the latest in another down-in-mouth grumble about 'the way things are' (re: the admittedly justified blog point.) I'd really like to hear your suggestions about how things can actually improve, as you evidently spend a lot of time thinking about, DiS is in a large enough position that it could be a vehicle for change as well as commentary.
As someone who writes for you it leaves me a little disheartened myself I guess, that's all
Plus, you're awesome when you do enthusiastically get behind something: http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14430/reviews/4136985
your ongoing disillusionment with all things music makes for sad reading
good to read a considered piece on this rather than a desperate scramble to toss some hyperbole about
Entry is by VOLUNTARY DONATION
Thurs 13th May @ Bay Horse, Northern Quarter doors: 8pm
We Came Out Like Tigers- http://www.myspace.com/wecameoutliketigers
Trojan Horse- http://www.myspace.com/trojanhorseband
Charlie Barnes- http://www.myspace.com/charliebarnes
All compared by local poet/performance artist Edwyn Butler. Interactive art and baking/cooking and things as well.
I'll put that hat in the post..
The BabyBoom event up there featuring Jo Rose is this Thursday. The line-up now also features a brace more of the city's fine singer/songwriters- Eleanor Lou is playing main support and Kathryn Edwards will be joining Jo onstage. doors 730 @ the bay horse. voluntary donation entry fee : )
as a person who quite enjoys ambient stuff but knows very little about it, this is pretty great indeed. I got that Loscil album through the other day, it's pretty wonderful
this certainly isn't the gospel on everything going on at the moment, just some stuff I'm enjoying. Trojan Horse are indeed excellent
this review makes me feel bad for doing so; nicely done sir
two mistakes is poor form. How did wednesday night go? I was hoping to make it down, alas I've been mired in dissertation hell this wee.
Glad this is going down well
forgive me SiTrust, it was a bit of a late night job
anyone know where I can track down some of their stuff? I'm imagining it's mostly out of print now
really wonderful stuff
only one of mine made top 5, but I'm pleased with that 'cos my list were right boring (and 3 of the other 4 are sitting in the top 10 admittedly). This makes tomorrow EXCITING for me
I pointed out that it was a voice of discontent bubbling under the things that are currently dominant in the indie mainstream such as Big Pink, Florence etc. I didn't compare it stylistically at all. Thanks for just reading the last paragraph though.
It was a shame how few people were there to see them at In The City :(