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 +4Posted on Jul 2nd | re: Robin Thicke's Twitter Q&A Didn't Go So Well (8 comments)

no

Are you saying you’d rather have no music video depicting a trans experience, if the actor isn’t transgender? ‘Cause that’s what it sounds like you’re saying.

I’m all for interesting discussion on the perceived reception due to the actor’s identity and it is totally worth speaking about, but scolding people because they didn’t do enough isn’t really helping anyone’s cause.

 -1Posted on Mar 13th | re: The Week In Pop: It's Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Is Great (184 comments)

Should have said uncooolness, not uniqueness…

 +6Posted on Mar 13th | re: The Week In Pop: It's Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Is Great (184 comments)

Yeah, which is cool. I don’t care if people like Coldplay or not. I like the band and I have my reasons and I enjoy reading a piece that does a better job of explaining my reasons than I do.

I see a lot of the dislike and vitriol for Coldplay stemming from their popularity and general uniqueness, not the quality of their music (which isn’t to say that folks are justified in disliking them…people are justified in disliking any band or song). Most of the reasoning & criticism I see displayed for why Coldplay is a miserable stupid band rarely rises above my own personal threshold for valid music criticism (not opinion. There is no such thing as a “valid opinion).

I read music criticism because I enjoy reading well thought out explanations on why someone likes or dislikes something as esoteric, intangible, and emotional as music. I think it is really hard to write cognizently about. The value lies in the discussion, not necessarily the conclusion.

 +6Posted on Mar 13th | re: The Week In Pop: It's Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Is Great (184 comments)

I like how Chris writes a well argued and thought out piece laying down his opinion and most of the objections are “your thoughts are shite”.

This is a really fantastic bit of writing. Coldplay (and Chris Martin in particular) are not masters of sound invention or discovery. They’ll never push the boundaries of music, instead they prefer to survey and repurpose what’s new into something that can incorporate Chris Martin’s unique sense of melody and structure.

 0Posted on Feb 7th, 2013 | re: James Blake - "Retrograde" (39 comments)

What makes you think that review is so bad?

 +1Posted on Dec 18th, 2012 | re: Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks Of 2012 (234 comments)

They actually included one of his songs for best video, which makes his exclusion from Best Song even stranger.

 +3Posted on Nov 18th, 2011 | re: Rihanna Talk That Talk Comment Party (54 comments)

I like the song cause the structure is pretty novel, the instrumental build up to the chorus is catchy as hell, and the song is outright fun. Rihanna’s vocals are as carefree as ever, ignoring the hopeless in favor of the love. The whole song is built around that instrumental build up and the title of the song, which in my opinion is a good one. Poetry this is not, but the line is delivered with drama and emotion, so the lyric is believable.

It is like mass produced canned joy and it makes me happy

 +2Posted on Nov 18th, 2011 | re: Rihanna Talk That Talk Comment Party (54 comments)

Hear hear!

I think its fair to bash the song, but it is pretty evident that a lot of the site’s readers enjoy a Rihanna tune from time to time (or in this reader’s case, all the time. I love this song).

Disclaimer: I really enjoyed most of the new Lady Gaga album. OH SHOOT MY OPINION IS INVALID.

 +6Posted on Oct 5th, 2011 | re: Bon Iver's Celebrity iTunes Playlist (25 comments)

Get over yourself. Focus that rage boner on something more valuable.