An Apology

Up to now I’ve always assumed a fairly anonymous demeanour in both my writing and the way I present said writing to you, my readers; there’s not many explicitly personal details discussed in my reviews. If you will, double this message up as an apology for the lack of personalisation. But this is simply a quick message to let you all know that even by my, admittedly, very harsh standards, there are a great many songs that could easily attract the miserable coronation of a single star but in the same breath, it must be said that there is nearly always something of merit. Occasionally though, there is no such hope. Recently I’ve struggled to find many songs I’ve reviewed worthy of anything more than three stars, so therein lies my apology. It’s not that I’m finding joy in being a miserable sod and damning songs with bad reviews purely for the sake of it: it’s just that there’s really isn’t any new music worth listening to these days unless you venture outside the charts, but then you befall the innumerable and supposedly influence-less young ‘indie’ bands/artists scratching fervently, desperately even, at some non-existent wall in the industry to find their niche when in fact, they find themselves best when they imitate others.

 

So yeah, soz. I’ll have a review up in a jiffy.

10 Comments

  1. Gerard McGarry

    So young, and yet so jaded! Only joking, I know exactly where you’re coming from though. Sometimes it feels like the entire music industry is imploding on itself and artists are stuck in a constant cycle of releasing music, not because they have something to say, but for commercial reasons.

    That said, there’s been so much good dance/chart music this year – I’m thinking J.Lo, LMFAO, things like that. And not everything Rihanna has released this year was a total washout. More than you could say for Beyonce.

    I think there’s a forgotten value in the entertainment value of music though, which is why LMFAO make me so obscenely happy with their dumb songs and videos! Chin up, this funk will pass and you’ll love the charts again!

  2. magsmagenta

    There is very little to be happy about in the UK charts at the moment, and there hasn’t been for a very long time. Ive noticed that a lot of young people who actually care what they listen to are going outside the British music press to find new and interesting things to listen to, to Japan for example, and there are a lot of bands who have massive fan bases outside the UK who are never mentioned in the UK press, Like Tokio Hotel who are a German band. 

    It’s time the British music press faced up to the fact that British isn’t always best, and new and original material comes from the blend of different ethnic and cultural influences. How can new British artists find these influences if all thats played on the Radio is the same regurgitated pap. And I’m including the Indie Boys and Girls with guitars in this just as much as the Rappers and the ‘Pop Princesses’ You may look very serious and worthy in your shabby clothes and shaggy haircut, but if the songs are crap and your performance is boring what’s the point?

    The British Press need to let in some of the truly talented and original foreign artists who have large following outside the UK. For example, How is it that Adam Lambert is a household name in most countries of the world, but barely gets mentioned here? He performed with Queen on the 6th Nov at the Europian Music Awards, and their performance was widely lauded as the highlight of the night, a week later Adam had the top ten most watched and commented and shared videos on the MTVUSA site from people investigating his back catalogue there. The video was unavaliable for viewing here on that site, but it invited me to go to MTVUK to view videos there, but when I tried the performance wasn’t even on the MTVUK site, and Lady Gaga Marry the Night was set to automatically play as I to went to the video page, so of course that had the most views. And Queen are a British Band, so what’s that all about?

    I think there is something seriously wrong with the British Music Press, most of them have very narrow tastes and are ignorant of anything outside their genre of choice, and many are too busy being ‘Ironic’ and dismissive of anything they think might make them look ‘Uncool’ even if it does have artistic merit. And all the while Britain misses out.

    1. Gerard McGarry

      Hey Mags – I’ve been meaning to reply to this comment. You sound like you’re listening to a lot of music that rarely reaches our ears in the UK. Your post got me wondering if you’d be interested in writing the odd post on Shout about new bands we might not have heard of? I’ve always tried with our music blogs to focus on casting a spotlight on new talent as much as established artists, so having another voice on the blog helping out with that would be excellent.

      Let me know if you’re interested. And I think it might be the perfect antidote to Dara’s musical malaise 🙂

      1. magsmagenta

        I’m flattered you think I could do that, As you know I’m a complete Adam Lambert obsessive, and as a consequence I’ve met a lot of people on the internet from all over the world with very different musical tastes and from all age groups, it’s been a real eye opener.

        When I wrote that I’d just been talking to a fellow Adam fan who has discovered a Japanease artist, Gackt Camui, she’s really exited about. Apparently he fills Wembly sized stadiums in Japan and the far east.

        Also there are Happy accidents, like this morning I googled an singer called Tarja Turunen, whose fans are currently holding their own against us Glamberts in the Rock in Rio Poll 

        http://universodorock.virgula.uol.com.br/enquetes/enquete.asp?PagAtual=1&VarPagMax=10&NumPagMax=10&Submit=7&Ordem=&string_busca=&campo_busca=

        It turns out she is the former singer for the Finnish Metal Band Nightwish and she’s really good.

        If you like I could ask my friend to post something about Gackt Camui, she seems very keen to tell everyone who’ll listen about him. 🙂

         

         

         

         

         

        1. Silvio R

          Please don’t mention Tarja. It was a disgrace that she was pushed off Nightwish. She is amazing though. Brilliant. I think she lost some of her touch though, because her work with Tuomas Holopainen brought out the very best of her. The new singer Anette is not bad though. But she can’t compete with Tarja.

          I would recommend Evanescence too. Amy Lee is a legend. The new album leaved a bit to be desired, but you can’t deny her magnificence.

          In my anime days, I got very much acquainted with some Japanese artists. They are good, but the lyrics to their songs are dreadful. It’s a shame though that the markets never crossed over. They have some very tainted singers.

          What’s the word on Allison Iraheta? I have loved her, LOVED her, and I was mortified that jive let her go. I know she has written a couple of songs, but not much more.

          1. magsmagenta

            I’ve still to investigate her new stuff, what she did with Nightwish was brilliant, she has very passionate fans, they are still giving us a run for our money in the Poll. I notice Nightwish are very low in the Poll though, It seems a lot of people agree with you about her being pushed out. I also like Evanesence, I’ve worked out that I like music that involves really good vocals, That seems to be the common thread for me.

            I had wondered about the lyrics to Japanease songs, I thought that the poor quality may be due to some things being lost in translation, That is a problem I admit when listening to foreign bands who don’t sing in English.

          2. magsmagenta

            I’ve still to investigate her new stuff, what she did with Nightwish was brilliant, she has very passionate fans, they are still giving us a run for our money in the Poll. I notice Nightwish are very low in the Poll though, It seems a lot of people agree with you about her being pushed out. I also like Evanesence, I’ve worked out that I like music that involves really good vocals, That seems to be the common thread for me.

            I had wondered about the lyrics to Japanease songs, I thought that the poor quality may be due to some things being lost in translation, That is a problem I admit when listening to foreign bands who don’t sing in English.

          3. magsmagenta

            Sorry about the double post, I don’t know how that happened, I Like Allison Irihita too, she was very young though, there is still time for her to make it I think. I hope so.

      2. magsmagenta

        I’ll also say that I was really angry about not being able to watch Queen with Adam Lambert on the MTVUK website, that may have coloured my reply a little. It just feels like the UK misses out on a lot of things.

  3. Silvio R

    Actually, you do have very high standards. I remember never seeing anything beyond 3 stars on your post, with the very welcome exception of Shake It Out. I don’t think there’s no hope at all though. I am not British, so I am exposed to a lot of different genres and stupid singers with dumb songs, but I have to say, it’s British people that are doing it for me. Florence + the Machine is my favorite band, and Florence’s perfect, but not only: I have a soft spot for Jessie J, and I love Adele. The late Amy Winehouse was a trend setter, and absolutely perfect. Britain is in shortage of guy singers, but that’s an issue everywhere. So maybe, yeah, the generic crap that’s released is indeed awful, but when stuff’s good, it’s really good.

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