and vice versa to avoid ranting about why this style/substance shenanigan is just so totally utterly wrong, offensive, misplaced, easy to misprove...
I love reading reviews of this, especially ones as brilliant as this one.
And you must be a genius for noticing that En Vogue rip.
are these: http://musosguide.com/the-best-albums-of-2009-editors-choice/8684
Maybe next time they'll fill an Academy? Oh, I hope so. This album is truly marvellous.
and an excellent record.
What 7/10 means?
I hate ratings SO MUCH.
I just killed Jon McClure, underground.
The last sentence has a typo. Whatever.
This review really wasn't targeted at members of DiS, more those who aren't signed up and have come to the site via search. Which is a significant proportion, I'm sure.
"No-one likes the Twang here anyway" - you'd have thought, but then don't forget that one of DiS' most popular posts was photos of Lady GaGa (right, Sean? or something like that?).
It's not your normal template for a review, no, but hell there's the close button if you don't like it. And comparing reviews to each other is kind of a ridiculous concept. Although that Enemy review was great. But who wants the same thing every time?
The CAPS thing is more than self-explanatory. And the repeated reference to a high horse or whatever, isn't every opinion based on one of those, hmm?
This is actually the first music review I've written where I felt this complete apathy, and let's say it's been a long, long time coming.
There's probably lots more to say here but the defence is in the piece itself. You know, that feels of defence that kicks in when you feel yourself becoming completely indifferent to some sort of art-form you've been presented with. It's all pretty much explained in the review.
Best festival evereverever! Nice review too. Oddly I didn't catch many of the bands you guys saw, I'm now on the MySpace trail once again though...
@oenso - yep, of course it's the party line from DiS regulars, but not from search-traffic. Hence my purpose.
@johnwiddop - I clarified that humour wasn't what I was going for.
What I should've done was ended with a link to a Spotify playlist of music I love, such as this one: http://open.spotify.com/user/natalieshaw/playlist/7kly6CeR4ENa3LZb0btXAD
Saying that a subjective opinion is wrong is a fatally flawed criticism.
Guess I should have a listen to this album then...
... the second paragraph opened with the sentence:
"There's a lot of value to be taken out of writing not as a means to an end, but an end in itself."
Now that wouldn't have happened in the days of Quark-as-boss...
Really interesting to see a series like this on a music website, I guess well done? Or not, I'm not sure.
There's a lot of value to be taken out of writing not as a means to an end, but a means in itself. That said, more opinion gives more variety and a greater audience en masse - this shouldn't mean that you feel you're speaking to no-one.
I look at the great Gonzo journalists and sometimes wonder whether anything I write has any value (non-instrumentally) but that's more a temporal/contextual observation than one related to the fact that we're living in 2009.
This isn't music journalist specific either - it's the same everywhere, isn't it? Is this to say "music R.I.P"? Or "job x, R.I.P."? No, it's just that there's more to prove. Which'll make for more passion, desire and opportunity - just in a realigned pool.
(and I know I've said that about 10 times since January)
What a fantastic review. And quite possibly my new album of the year. Seriously has a year been this astonishing ever?
I also wrote some words on YMG: http://www.musosguide.com/young-marble-giants-colossal-youth/3645
Though maybe more post-rock?
Now see http://www.drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4136259 for more.
is so overlooked. I think Field Music weren't appreciated by enough people either.
School of Language disappointed me a tad...
Hercules And Love Affair - Blind Jonjo Feather - I Suppose
Glasvegas - It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry
The Long Blondes – Too Clever By Half
Official Secrets Act – Girl From The Bbc
Evangelicals – Midnight Vignette
The Week That Was – Scratch The Surface
Kelley Polar – Chrysanthemum
Simon Breed - The Smitten King's Lament
Jonjo Feather – I Suppose
Metronomy – A Thing For You
The Week That Was.
M83 and Wild Beasts and Elbow instead of The Kills, Mystery Jets, and Youthmovies. Fucker.
Evangelicals - The Evening Descends
Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair
Metronomy - Nights Out
Mystery Jets - 21
The Kills - Midnight Boom
The Long Blondes - 'Couples'
Youthmovies - Good Nature
TV On The Radio – Dear Science
I have nothing else to add.
I mean the third ego. It's not about me.
I haven't read what's going on here all that well (I'm at work y'see) and will probs have another glance later.
But yeah anyway, I'm in the Kharas corner. Clearly.
Let's not turn me into the third corner of some sort of Bermuda triangle...
I'm not moaning. It's referencing, innit.
When I looked at the edited version of my review! But there's ways and ways of standing up for yourself...
He hasn't responded to what the other person who commented said either, not really.
that review was shockingly edited...I actually said much more than that.
Some nice things too.
This has no purpose, really.
she fed the audience at Fopp (RIP) the sandwiches on her rider.
Must get hold of this album soon.
One of the most brilliant gigs I've been to of recent times was theirs at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen last week, so lively and euphoric.
It's a marvellous mess, that's the crux of the issue.
and it wouldn't have been that bad.
Glass Candy. Kate Jackson told me so.
One of my favourite 2008 albums so far all the same - Too Clever By Half is sex-y.
the loveliest band you're likely to meet.
Don't worry boys, I'm still fighting your corner - and the album's pretty darn good as well.