Mike - I was saying the BP was page-baiting. They do that ALL the time.
So obvious that it's the pathetic Kuntzman writing this that the anonymous critique cannot be defended. Also, it's page-view-baiting at its worst.
Thurston Dooley's deleted, transparently fictional 'bio' Wikipedia page here:
Never thought of myself as a 'tough guy critic' but now that you've called me out, I think I'll embrace it! Thanks, 'eventsfashionsexbooks.' / Craig
This review is so poorly conceived it's laughable. Harping on Low's "pace" is an outdated conceit, something they have answered to many many times so that's it's now not even a music point worth covering... and how, exactly, do singers sound more "determined"? I've heard of politicians, athletes, entrepreneurs, but singers? Determined? That is the incorrect language, although the comparison with the Thompsons (you should have noted for readers who don't know who they are that they were a once-married musical couple) is interesting.
And as far as repetitious lyrics go... really, there's a MUSICAL point to it. Figure it out, because you offer no critique of it except to say "if you're not a fan, you won't like it." That's not a critique. That's a lazy critic.
PS - Drums and Guns is a phenomenal record.
Every band here is mediocre! Derivative down to its last notes! Not a note of innovation in the bunch! From the samples you put up:
Grand Rapids = bad Richard Hell
second guy = mediocre Undertones ripoff
Radical dads = current Brooklyn jittery crap rock ripoff
rathborne = lifeless sixties garage ripoff
slowdance = lifeless synth rock ripoff
yellow ostrich = writing songs out of those riffs most others would have tossed away,
with added bonus dirty projectors dumbness ripoff, and
family trees - well actually this isn't too bad. he sings like a dying bird, but i like the music. the least pretentious of the lot.
oh, new york rock, you are SO overrated it's sick. mind you, I've never once read the L mag for its music coverage, so there you go.
"which means that if it were on NBC, Ferrera would be getting The Tonight Show." - ZING!
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