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Friday, February 22, 2008

It Reviews Itself

posted by on February 22 at 15:24 PM

Hey kids, Gawker is still up and running! Crazy, right? But they do have an interesting story up here about how Maxim magazine (which is still publishing, too!) ran a review of the latest Black Crowes album (who knew they were still putting out albums?). The fact that Maxim ran a review of a Black Crowes album isn’t that surprising, really, but the fact that they reviewed it and gave it two and a half stars without even listening to it is pretty weird.

The Black Crowes’ label contacted Maxim, and they said this:

‘Of course, we always prefer to (sic) hearing music, but sometimes there are big albums that we don’t want to ignore that aren’t available to hear, which is what happened with the Crowes. It’s either an educated guess preview or no coverage at all, so in this case we chose the former.’

Kudos to Gawker, Maxim, and the Black Crowes for still existing. Way to survive!

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I learned when I used to review music that you don't have to listen to it to form an opinion: fonts, band photos, song titles, cover art and knowing the genre usually works and can eliminate the tedious "listening" part.

Posted by Jason Josephes | February 22, 2008 4:00 PM

crazy like a fox.

Posted by josh | February 22, 2008 4:03 PM

the AV Club had a better write up about this, and a review of the album:

Posted by gillsans | February 22, 2008 5:58 PM

But really, does a Black Crowes album need reviewing? 2 1/2 stars is a perfect middle ground choice and Maxim couldn't go wrong picking it.

Posted by laterite | February 23, 2008 8:09 AM

Didn't the Stranger have a music writer a few years back who confessed that for years she'd been writing reviews of shows she'd attended but couldn't remember the next morning due to her alcoholic blackouts?

Posted by Tiktok | February 23, 2008 10:16 AM

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