Re: Maxim Lunacy
- From: Jenn <jennconductsREMOVETHIS@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 18:38:40 GMT
On Feb 23, 10:18?am, Jenn <jennconductsREMOVET...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Feb 23, 9:35?am, Jenn <jennconductsREMOVET...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
In article <fuYvj.44$ZQ...@xxxxxxxxxxxx>,
?"ScottW" <Scott...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Reviewing music not yet heard?
"It speaks directly to the lack of the publication's credibility,"
in a statement. "In my opinion, it's a disgrace to the arts,
critics, the publication itself and the public."
Angelus nailed it.
What can the editors at Maxim be thinking?
Wow. ?Pretty idiotic.
Here's the problem with music reviews. ?In most cases, the record
company sends out a CD a few weeks before it's released. ?If you want
your review to come out before the CD, you have a very limited time in
which to listen to the CD and form an opinion. ?In addition, most
reviewers are only being paid $50 to $100 for a 200 to 400 word
review, so they're probably going to listen to the CD once, and then
write the review. ?They're not going to spend a week or two on it,
listening to it repeatedly.
As music lovers know, it generally takes more than one listen to form
a true opinion about a CD. ?Your mind wraps around the entire
recording only after several listens. ?You start to see the structure
of the album, and how songs relate to one another. ?Sometimes a CD
doesn't hold up after repeated listens. Sometimes it gets better.
None of this is reflected in the average music review, unfortunately.
All true, of course. ?But to not even listen at all.
Well, I've been suspicious in the past when I see one publication get
a review far in advance of all the other publications. If it's
something like Rolling Stone, it makes sense. But Maxim?
In fact, I remember reading one of these reviews once...I'm not sure
if it was Maxim, or one of its contemporaries. But the review itself
was a bit sketchy. Then I read a news item a couple of days later
that the band was still in the studio, putting on the final touches.
So I knew it was bullshit. Most likely, the magazine got access to a
couple of singles, and decided to comment on the entire album as a
It sucks, but then again I have to ask...is anyone taking magazines
like Maxim and Stuff seriously? I'm not.
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