Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Gaga's got her "Little Monsters," Justin his "Beliebers," but I have just experienced first hand insanity from some I'd like to call "Radioheadcases."
My Radiohead review is not going over well at The Huffington Post. I expected a bit of a backlash, but jeezaloo!
Many commenters just chalked it up to my "conservative" taste in music. Some said that I should just listen to pop music. A few said I was "missing out." One person said I took a "cheap shot" at Radiohead. I don't think that even makes sense, especially since she was defending the band.
I like this one the best.
"I never understand how people like this reviewer can call themselves music fans. He sounds like a generic Sinatra fan in the 1960's complaining about the noise and repetitive rhythm of that new rock and roll music. His inability to hear melody unless it comes in the obvious and recognizable verse-chorus form makes me sad for the limited amount of music he will experience. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but why would I want to hear the opinion of someone with such a limited scope? Do I ask the regular at Mcdonalds which new restaurant to try out? It's not like these Radiohead albums are avant-garde or experimental considering the range of music made in the last 50 years. The whole "straining to find melody" comment is more embarrassing for him than it is a competent assessment of music. Radiohead's music has always been thoroughly melodically driven. Also, calling the musicians pretentious and then complaining about the arrangement when I'm unsure that the meaning of melody or arrangement is fully grasped by the writer makes me squirm. Usually the typical Radiohead argument comes in a related but more self-aware and honest form which says, "they used to rock but after The Bends they used electronic sounds that I don't like." Personally I think his brain has sabotaged his ears. Perhaps the reviewer would be more comfortable with the pop-vocal section of his local chain store for some safe music that doesn't get too textured."
I think he may be right. I am a "generic Sinatra fan in the 60s"
And I still think Radiohead is in need of a good talking to.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:14 AM