A very interesting and well-written article with something to say which I think is important.
Perhaps we need to face what they're saying and try to struggle with it, get inside the artist's head, understand what makes them say what they do, and figure out if they, after all, really mean it. And Odd Future is a great example. Tyler is definitely living out his rape fantasies through his art, fantasies which in his mind are very, very real. Yet I can't help but feel like he would never really act on those urges, unless it's consensual roleplay with a safe word, of course.
And that's an important distinction to make. Do the words which offend you speak the truth about the person, or are they all just a part of the artistic fabrication? What offends me more is the constant homophobia, because I really get the sense that they hate gay people, which is not cool and which no one should be given a pass for anymore.
But you're right, so many critics don't even want to go there. (I think there's something to be said for the liberal framework of cultural and moral relativism at play here.) But to me, when we start to push past our boundaries, that's when the fun begins.
Great review! Perfectly expresses how I feel about the hyperbole surrounding Kanye West in most media. There's a difference between a genius and someone who just tries really (too) hard to be viewed as such.
Actually that's a great review. I take that comment back.
Also, "Peach, Plum, Pear" was far from identical to the record, where it's strictly harpsichord and voice. It was a totally new arrangement featuring a banjo introduction, percussion, everything. Was this guy even paying attention?
Yep, you're right. They both make music, and different people have different opinions about them. I can't believe I never saw the connection before! It's so obvious!
The difference, it should be noted, however, is that Kanye is the most egotistical musical figure with very little actual musical chops, while Joanna is one of the most modest with an enormous amount of talent.
You ever think maybe you guys are the superfans, not being able to stop talking about how Kanye's a genius even though he can't sing, can hardly play an instrument, and writes lyrics like "I sent this bitch a picture of my dick"? You really think that qualifies someone as a genius? *Genius*. I mean really. It'd be laughable if the opinion wasn't so pervasive among the media. Instead it's just embarrassing.
Look, Kanye's alright. But the way you guys talk about him it's like you've all been paid off to sing his praises. (I don't really think you have, for the record. I think you're all just mesmerized by his sensationalism and ambition.)
It wasn't a mere mention. It's practically the thesis of the damn review. "How does this compare to Kanye West?" It's referenced in the title for crying out loud. Enough already. But that's just annoying.
What's insulting and slightly offensive is, yes, the dismissiveness of the openers, and writing about someone's tweet that they suck, as if it's important to point out that some inarticulate people on the internet have negative opinions. Just because your facebook friend thinks someone TOOOOOTALLY SUXX doesn't mean you should include that in the article, nor is it proof that she's a divisive or controversial figure on the level of Kanye West. (The whole idea of "you either love them or hate them" is rarely ever an interesting or accurate observation to make about an artist anyway, despite the fact that it's something you hear all the time, but that's beside the point.) On top of which, the writer doesn't know the difference between a composer and an arranger. It's just lazy and stupid writing, and the artists deserve better.
I'm just asking for an article written with respect that the artists deserve by someone who actually knows what they're talking about.
Also I am sick of hearing about Kanye everywhere. Joanna Newsom is a bit of an escape from that whole culture for me, and it just annoys me to see him brought up again here. I apologize if I come off as a bit sensitive to all that. Frankly, I am.
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