Maxim has psychic reviewers. We already know that. A day after the magazine issued an apology for reviewing the new Black Crowes without hearing it, the band’s manager, Pete Angelus, has responded with his own statement in a press release posted to the Crowes’ site:
“In my opinion, Maxim’s fabrication of an album review is highly unethical and indefensible. This issue potentially pertains to all artists and their craft, and a publication which apparently has no respect for either.”
Maxim’s Editorial Director, James Kaminsky, issued this statement to the media: “It is Maxim’s editorial policy to assign star ratings only to those albums that have been heard in their entirety. Unfortunately, that policy was not followed in the March 2008 issue of our magazine and we apologize to our readers.”
Angelus responds, “Maxim seems to continue in their attempt to deceive the public with their usage of the word ‘entirety.’ At the most, Maxim could have only heard the one complete song that has been released to radio, before publishing their ‘album review.’ It comes as no surprise that Maxim has elected to apologize to their readers now that the world has been informed of their deception; however, that is not full accountability.”
In closing, Angelus said, “In my opinion, Maxim’s ‘apology’ is self-serving damage control by failing to mention The Black Crowes. The appropriate action from Maxim is to immediately issue a public apology to The Black Crowes for disparaging both the band and their soon to be released new album ‘Warpaint’ without having heard the material.”
Understandable ire, but at this point it seems like the Black Crowes are just being smart about the publicity. Also interesting, though, is that Rolling Stone reviewed the album in the issue that hit newsstands earlier this month. Maybe Maxim just cribbed from Alan Light? But then, we’re hearing the no-listen Crowes review isn’t an isolated case over at the beleaguered T&A rag.
Via NY Post:
Rapper Nas was shocked when Maxim gave his new album, N – – – – r, a 21/2-star review – because it isn’t even finished yet. “I’m finishing the album now, and it will be out April 22,” Nas told Page Six. Maxim has since apologized for the premature review, but Nas doesn’t care. “I’d prefer [a review from] Playboy,” the rapper said. “That kind of stuff doesn’t reach my radar or effect anybody around me. I don’t know what a music rating from Maxim is . . . I don’t know what it even means really.” Maxim also reviewed the Black Crowes’ album, War Paint, without listening to it in its entirety.
Way to bring innocent ol’ Playboy into it, Nas. Of course, the real loser in all of this, of course, is this month’s Maxim cover girl Avril Lavigne. Like, just her luck — people are actually reading the articles.