Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Artist Formerly Known As Crap
I was listening to some of the different albums that have recently arrived. One in particular caught my ear above the others. The artist is a young man who has clearly been listening to a lot of Leonard Cohen and Morrissey.
I took an instant and visceral dislike to him (all surly and meaningful on the album cover) and his second-hand brand of confessional pop.
I started to write about him. I started to rip him to pieces. It was so simple. He was such an easy target.
Pulling things apart is so easy. And so much fun.
After a while I grew bored with shooting fish in a barrel and pulling the wings off flies. Stepping back, I realise I didn’t like the me who enjoyed doing that kind of thing.
As an exercise I turned my attention around to the positives in the platter.
Hey, that’s a nice ascending bass line. Good interplay between the horn section. An uplifting guitar motif. Clever use of reverb. Punchy without the swagger. An attractive economy in the overall sound, and now I hear it, that was actually quite a neat lyric on that particular song.
Clearly the young man has been listening to a lot of Leonard Cohen and Morrissey. Let’s face it, he could be doing a lot worse.
Clearly this is an artist who has plenty of room to grow.