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Old 04-28-2009, 05:20 AM   #21 (permalink)
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He's the brilliant a-hole who declared rock n roll dead. Too much in love with himself, the 60's/70's, NYC music (particularly Lou Reed) to be of any objective value these days. Only good for some occasional nostalgia.
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:25 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I find him funny now. Most people like **** music anyway. He's not going to do any real damage.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:59 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Pierre Scruffi or whatever he's called.
worst of the worst by far, his top album ever is Captain Beefheart "Trout mask Replica" as innovative as the album is, its unlistenable.
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:43 AM   #24 (permalink)
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How on earth is trout mask replica unlistenable? I love that album.
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:37 PM   #25 (permalink)
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My favorite Pink Floyd album has always been Wish You Were Here, and you know why? It has soul, that's why--it's Roger Waters's lament for Syd, not my idea of a tragic hero but as long as he's Roger's that doesn't matter. Radiohead wouldn't know a tragic hero if they were cramming for their A levels, and their idea of soul is Bono, who they imitate further at the risk of looking even more ridiculous than they already do. So instead they pickle Thom Yorke's vocals in enough electronic marginal distinction to feed a coal town for a month. Their art-rock has much better sound effects than the Floyd snoozefest Dark Side of the Moon. But it's less sweeping and just as arid. B-
He hates art-rock. Which is hardly a genre... I kinda think he just slaps the "art-rock" term on anything he doesn't understand.
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:47 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Lester Bangs


Not because of what he's said or done, but because morons like to make him out to be some sort of martyr. Plus, he had shit taste in music.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:13 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Christgau is an elitist douche and his reviews are bloody terrible.

I wouldn't say he's the worst though, Pitchfork takes the prize.

Alternative Press, Blender, NME and Slate are pretty f*cking bad too. You know things are grim when Rolling Stone probably do actually give the most decent and fair reviews of any mainstream music magazine. Further proof that music critics in this day and age are pretty much useless.

Nothing tops what I've read from Mark Beaumont. That Kid A review will haunt me forever.

David Fricke is the only music critic I particularly like, really.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:53 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Am I the only one who wishes Pitchfork still had Brent DiCrescenzo?

Even though I still like Pitchfork. They're funny.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:11 AM   #29 (permalink)
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He gives every half-assed album with afrobeat influence an A, yet slaps Yes's Close to the Edge with a mother****ing C ....what the hell? o.O

I don't care if he thinks he's cool for vehemently writing off what he considers to be pretentious or strange; it doesn't change the unfortunate reality of him being a complete asswipe when it comes to things beyond his limited ability to comprehend, and this shows in quite a few of his reviews.
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He gives every half-assed album with afrobeat influence an A, yet slaps Yes's Close to the Edge with a mother****ing C ....what the hell? o.O

I don't care if he thinks he's cool for vehemently hating what he considers to be a pretentious genre; it doesn't change the unfortunate reality of him being a complete asswipe when it comes to things beyond his limited ability to comprehend.
Man, his prog reviews are awwwwwwwwwwwwful.

I can't take anyone who gives a Soulja Boy album A- and In The Court of the Crimson King a D+ seriously as a human being, let alone as a music critic.

Most music critics are supposed to have a certain field or speciality, but Christgau tries to cover everything, which only makes it more clear just how narrow and sh*tty his taste in music really is.
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