Archive for July, 2006

Reviews that manage to say nothing

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Sea of Tranquility recently published a review of the 6-CD This Heat box set, Out of Cold Storage. I have yet to purchase this box (but I will get around to it eventually), and have only heard the self-titled first album by this band. Yet it occurs to me that I probably could have written this review without having ever heard any music by the band. I know it’s hard to review avant-garde music in general, and even harder to review an entire box set of such stuff, but this is a little ridiculous.

Besides, until the third paragraph, the “theory” that is espoused in the review is pretty much aimless and circular. In any case, I’m not sure why I felt inspired to write about this thing, but somehow reviews like this, which say a lot without really saying anything (and which seem to actively avoid trying to talk about the music itself) really grate on me.