Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Nail hit on head

A superb review of the White Stripes new album points out why musicians who try to 'keep it real' are selling themselves short - because reality isn't as important as melody, arrangement and songcraft.

Which is the main reason why pop will always be better than indie, even though we quite like "Get Behind Me Satan," really.

Sample quote:
"Blue Orchid" was recorded only two weeks before it was released. These constraints are evidence that White thinks and reflects on his craft, and they certainly create a distinct White Stripes 'brand,' but how much of this hokum helps the band make music or exploit White's gifts? Is working fast necessarily a good thing? Is it as good for us as it is for him?"

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