Mitch Park

Comments from Mitch Park

"We'll leave you with Sting, and a cut from his new album, take it away."
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August 31, 2016 on Sting – “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”
"The Beaches of Cheyenne," not "The Banks of Cheyenne."
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May 17, 2016 on Party Off, Garth: The Short Life And Long Death Of Chris Gaines
Hopefully the additional act will be the Red Hot Chili Peppers:
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January 7, 2016 on Beyoncé, Bruno Mars Will Join Coldplay’s Super Bowl Halftime
Tom, FYI there has been a craft beer garden at Coachella the last few years that has a decent selection of things for the same rough price as the Heineken everywhere else.
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January 5, 2016 on Welcome To The Desert: Let’s Talk About The Coachella Poster
Finally, a piece of honest poptimism that literally admits it is defending the artistic space centered around "the middle of the road." Apologies that the next 18 months won't be as exciting as the last eighteen months of Tay were, Tom. At least there will be a Beyoncé album cycle in another 12 to 18 months that will provide more fertile ground for pieces encouraging everyone to surrender themselves further to ubiquity.
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November 20, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Adele 25
Truly a great moment for altruism; world's biggest pop star leverages world's biggest corporation into paying her more royalties, adoring media spins it as triumphal moment for plebes dining on the scraps of a decaying record industry.
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June 22, 2015 on Apple Caves To Taylor Swift, Will Pay Artists During Trial
Between this piece and Jamieson Cox's article at the Verge imploring us to care about Hillary Duff in this, the year of our lord 2015, it has become painfully clear that "Poptimism" now merely an elaborate performance art project to explore the limits of what music writers can get their readers to take seriously.
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June 18, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Hilary Duff Joined Tinder And, Oh Yeah, Made A Decent Album Too
Tom, I'm glad you made it there for the last two Ryan Adams tracks, but you missed an absolutely otherworldly "When The Stars Go Blue." #DadRock forever
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April 14, 2015 on The 9 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Sunday
S/FJ's review is exactly what I had in mind. Incredibly myopic analysis from an otherwise great critic.
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September 11, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: U2 Songs Of Innocence
For a minute there I was worried I would get through a review of this album that didn't included the obligatory Beyonce hosannas, but this came through in the end. All hail the monoculture and our new lord and savoir Beyonce.
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September 11, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: U2 Songs Of Innocence
If you can't trust the voting integrity and secrecy of an entirely fake awards show, what can you trust?
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August 25, 2014 on Miley Cyrus Knew In Advance She Was Gonna Win Video Of The Year According To This VMA Red Carpet Interview
If anyone has a complaint about this cover, it's Bruce Motherfucking Hornsby, not Don Henley.
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June 5, 2014 on Here’s The Okkervil River Song Don Henley Doesn’t Want You To Hear
Good thing that Josh Klinghoffer made it into this super-serious Hall of Fame though, right?
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March 17, 2014 on KISS Fans Rejoice: Nirvana’s Chad Channing Won’t Be Inducted Into The Rock Hall After All
I lost it the second time through "I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love" when he hit the line "but mostly I'll miss being able to call her and talk." Befitting its writerly nature, this album rewards multiple listens in a very literary sense: you start picking up lyrics that reference the events and subjects of other songs, and some very rich overarching themes begin to emerge from out of the disparate stories. Easily the most rewarding listen I've enjoyed in several years.
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February 11, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Sun Kil Moon Benji
Now that Live Nation is fully calling the shots, it's probably unlikely that the first order of business will be inking an agreement to have U2 play AEG's crowning festival.
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November 13, 2013 on U2’s Danger Mouse-Produced LP Expected In April
The real howler in this interview is when she waxes jealous about Kony 2012.
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November 5, 2013 on M.I.A. Says Her Super Bowl Middle Finger Was Actually A Godly Hand Gesture
Adore is easily better than both Pisces and Gish.
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October 29, 2013 on Smashing Pumpkins Albums From Worst To Best
I still don't fully understand why I'm supposed to care about Drake.
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September 17, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Drake Nothing Was The Same
Tom, you're crazy. I agree that "Reflektor" is a half-baked video, but Corbijn's stuff is great, especially the early string of iconic Depeche Mode videos he did. Hell, he deserves Hall of Fame music video status if the only thing he had ever done was his video for U2's "One":
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September 13, 2013 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Ahhhh got it. You can perform all remaining penance by offering a tribute to "Almost Killed Me" next March.
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September 10, 2013 on Echoes Turns 10
"instead of Craig Finn’s gratuitous nasal sing-talking." Hey, fuck you.
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September 10, 2013 on Echoes Turns 10
"God Only Knows," followed closely by "Surf's Up"
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August 27, 2013 on Win A Beach Boys Made In California Box Set
Great piece. One of my favorite U2 albums -- probably top four or five for me -- and this absolutely gets some important things about the band correct, including the fact that this album has now become a residual casualty of Pop. I also agree with the take on U2's 2000s and the problems associated with their too-calculated recent work. I do quibble a bit with this though: "'The First Time' deals with a perennial topic of Bono’s — that of family ties, particularly the relationship between fathers and sons." Err, kind of. Essentially I read it as one of their most overtly Christian songs, of a piece with "Acrobat" and "Wake Up Dead Man" in terms of their '90s work -- less religious joy, more existential and spiritual despair about God's silence.
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July 3, 2013 on Zooropa Turns 20
Yeah, for me, the biggest AD2 standouts have been kicking around for a while. That one since Labor Day of '11.
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June 12, 2013 on Let’s Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2013