Of all the art forms that have been lost the saddest is the art of the art of the dis, or even the lukewarm impression. Nowadays folks, say Rolling Stone and Billboard, to of the biggest websites, between B+ and A+ -everybody is happy happy happy.
It is true of nearly every one and _ myself live in the C- to B+ area mostly: rarely do I go to the extremes. This week of 26 albums review, nobody got even an A-.
It is not the same at Billboard and that’s for sure Why are these writers getting paid to write bullshit? I mean, if everything is great then nothing is great. The litmus test is, as always, U2. Billboard gave the bad album four out of five stars. “Unless Apple has some super amazing new apps up its sleeve, it — like so much of Songs of Innocence — is strong enough to keep fans from messing with their iPhones”
This is speaking kiss ass to power. It is a lie. Another lie. Billboard’s reviews are useless from one end to the other. There is no semblance of truth or meaning or dignity about them. They are a load of old cobblers. Billboard never heard an album or so a show they didn’t love, they are the least discerning writers on the planet. It is like “The Lego Movie” every thing is happy happy happy.
Don’t believe me?
The reviewed object and the grade… skipping none… all grades out of 5
Fetty Wap Dominates Lukewarm 2015 XXL Freshmen NYC Show: Live Review – 3
Demi Lovato Gets Aggressive on Red-Hot ‘Cool For The Summer’: Single Review – 4.5
Shania Twain’s Rock This Country Tour Brings Her Timeless Talent to MSG – 4
St. Vincent, Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock Join High Schoolers in David Byrne-Curated Tribute to Color Guard: Concert Review – 3.5
Richard Thompson Pulls Double Duty at Town Hall by Opening for Himself: Concert Review – 3.5
Rush Rocks Harder Than Ever at 40th Anniversary Tour Stop in New Jersey: Live Review – 5
Ryn Weaver Makes Smart Move With Alt-Pop Debut ‘The Fool’: Album Review – 3.5
Nina Simone Documentary ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Brings Vital Cohesion to a Complex Life: Film Review – 4.5
James Taylor is Still Soul-Searching on ‘Before This World’: Album Review – 3.5
Raury Brings His Unique Mash Of Genres To The Highline Ballroom: Live Review -3.5
Blood Orange & Yoko Ono Bring In the Sunrise at MOMA: Live Review – 4
Vince Staples Paints a Vivid Picture on His Full-Length Debut ‘Summertime ’06’: Album Review – 4
Nate Ruess’ Solo Debut ‘Grand Romantic’ Is Better and Brighter Than Its Singles: Album Review – 3
Dance Music Godfather Giorgio Moroder Returns After Three Decades With All-Star ‘Deja-Vu’: Album Review – 3.5
2PM Are Subtle, Seductive Gentleman on ‘No.5’: Track-by-Track Album Review – 4
I got through SIXTY REVIEWS before they gave as low as 2.5 (it as actually a 2 star review),. And then to Ciara’s solo Jackie album. Really? Billboard gives three stars to Muse and four stars to U2, and two stars to Ciara??? What did she do, invade Poland?
What is with this institutionalized lying? It is a little on the unseemly side, especially for a website whose job is to give a fair counting of sales. Perhaps, and I’m just saying here, it has something to do with their advertisers here? Why bite the hand that feeds you?
weaving a fairy tale for us to get lost in
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1973 (Volume 5, Number 2)
“I don’t consider David (Bowie) to be even remotely big enough to be any competition.”
an old school New York feel
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
An emotional song with Miya’s acrobatic and vulnerable vocals
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1973 (Volume 4, Number 12)
From Robert Johnson to the Ramones – what a life!
one of the great top tens of the 2020
will mark their return to the road in early February, 2023 with a string of to-be-announced US arena dates
enjoyable and soulful romp
another full day of music