It seemed to me that Elie WANTED to give one of the same reviews, but he just wasn't feeling it. And he was maybe...pressured to give a 5? By the notions of how the album "should" or "would" be perceived by the public? But that seems counter-intuitive to a review.
acageek wrote:Rebecca Christie has been writing reviews for the Clefs since the 1997 release of Five O'Clock Shadow.
Perhaps a 5 is simply what a group that has always received 5's deserves, just for being who they are.
ThunderCurl wrote:But...if an album rubs us the wrong way, even if its polished so I can see the broccoli in my teeth through the melodyne, shouldn't the reviewer feel free to say something?
ThunderCurl wrote:But an album deserving of a 5...should be the best, right?
ThunderCurl wrote:And Elie's review was (personally, i think rightfully so) harping on the faults of the album.
dr00bles wrote:As many probably know, I have a similar distaste for this type of production. But the problem is, many would argue that this is a STYLE, an artistic choice, and that the group shouldn't be penalized for it, especially if you consider the strictly defined criteria that RARB uses for its quantitave scoring.
Bill Hare Some dude who records and mixes people who can't play instruments. http://www.dyz.com
H.F. wrote: your comment has a negative connotation/tone to it, it seems. Which strikes me as odd, given your own group's albums. Are you...conflicted about the styles you like?
To put it shortly (i just wrote and deleted a couple paragraphs on my own preferred style), I think the line between live, unaltered tracks and sounds.....and highly edited, produced tracks is still being made. What shows off voices, the composition of the arrangement, the blurring of the line between a cappella and really good pop music. Code Red, LC's September, the Clefs, and many things on this year's BOCA (only examples) show off the many advantages and AWESOME things that technology can help us do. Is that the destination or is there a middle ground?
Ed Boyer wrote:Too many people give all the credit of a "produced" recording to the engineer. It's like they think you can just fart in to a mic and have some engineer turn it into Rumors.
ThunderCurl wrote:Yeah....it did have a negative connotation. And the album that I'VE worked on for Last Call hasn't come out yet, but I'm hoping the style for THOSE works is more in line with my thoughts. Heh. Though maybe you can be the judge as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk7cM-VzD4Q
DaveCharlieBrown wrote:Speaking as one who reviews albums nearly weekly, I'll say sometimes this whole context is alarming. The possibility that I'll get it "wrong" leaves me worried. But only temporarily... because the honest truth is that you can only give your own, best informed, opinion. Just say what you think, and let the chips fall where they may.
Catherine Lewis freelance writer & photographer http://www.autumnshades.com
where a review is made up of its score AND its comments.He did say something. Lots of things.
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