Alternative music reviews

July 14, 2008

Should I publish non-complimentary reviews?

Filed under: ramblings — @ 12:10 pm Comments (2)

I don’t like everything I get sent but I tend to just review the CDs I like. It seems unfair to give a band a bad review when they are unsigned or on a small Indie label – but different if its Colplay. So should I publish reviews like the ones below?

It’s a great cover to the CD but there’s something about this album that just doesn’t work for me. The vocals are very 80’s but it’s more than that. Despite all the inventiveness and cleverness, the basic sound just gets up my nose. I suspect this could have been a reasonably good Psychedelic record but the mix is all wrong – way too up-front. It just sounds unpleasant most of the time.

(album) is an attempt at quirky Indie Pop. That is a hard target to hit and (band) haven’t pulled it off in my opinion. Sometimes the melodies are only just beyond the playground and the juvenile sounding vocals on a track like (track) have little charm. There are hints of good things but once I was reminded of David Essex (a reference the band won’t understand) all was lost.


  1. maybe you should email the review to the unsigned bands first, and let them decide if you should publish it.

    great website!

    Comment by Heather — July 15, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  2. That’s a good suggestion – but scary. Here I am, a person with minimal musical talent (I have played a bit) telling musicians with skills way beyond mine that they have made a shit record.

    I have done a few ‘bad’ reviews peppered with appreciations of people having talent in musical genres I don’t like that have been received well. At Dusk still chuckle over my assertion that they ‘use too many notes’. If I am going to criticise then I may have to do a long serious review rather than the ones above.

    Thanks Helen, the thought of sending it to the band really concentrates my mind.

    Comment by Cool Noise — July 15, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

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