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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I Usually Find It Ridiculous When Musicians Respond to Negative Reviews, But...

Posted by on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

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...Andy Falkous of Future of the Left just posted a rebuttal to Pitckfork's review of the band's new album, The Plot Against Common Sense (it received a 6.0). It's a pretty hilarious read (as is most of the stuff that comes out of Falkous's brain):

Dear Mr.Cohen

Many things occurred to me on reading your review of the new future of the left record 'the plot against common sense' and I would like to take this opportunity to debate with you some of the points you raise in the piece, although of course by 'debate' I mean 'shut up and listen to me'.

According to the opening line of your review I am 'something of a hero to you'. I would almost be flattered by this sentence if it were not for the level of qualification obliquely provided by the use of 'something' but will choose to skip over the ham-fisted arse-kissing of your opening and move on to deal with some of the more pertinent matters of the day.

Allow me to efuckidate in an easy-to-understand fuck-by-point manner -

As we approach the bottom of your first paragraph you refer to the 'corporate slick production on future of the left's third album' (*1) - a question, my dear friend - would this be the kind of corporate slickness you get through recording an album in 16 days (using the same methods as ever) over a six month period in studio downtime and friend-financed to the tune of £2,000 (whilst we work in temporary jobs and with credit, when available, to support our habit) or instead the kind of corporate-slickness (since, as tone indicates, we’re using the term pejoratively) a person could get from writing for a site which has run the adverts of a variety of corporations, big and small, for many years? I may not be wearing my eyeglasses at this particular moment, but I can definitely see a lovely shiny one sitting atop your review at this very moment.

Oh … it has moving pictorials and everything – quite lovely!

Read the whole thing here.

In other Pitckfork news, earlier this month Josh Tillman of Father John Misty took the website to task via Twitter (over one sentence in an otherwise positive review, weirdly). Pitchfork might as well go eat worms.

(Thanks for the tip, Graham!)

 

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the only points at which I feel bad for the reviewer in this are 1) the arse-kissing comment, because I do actually think Ian Cohen at some point lurrved Falco's output (the review feels more enraged fanboy than most) and 2) the Polymers comment, because I can totally see how it sounds like it's about Plastic Surgery.

the rest seemed near-summoned by the reviewer with the last paragraph of the review and use of the phrase "lunkhead."
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