On naive reviews

Scored a sweet lot of used CDs today from Cutler’s, the local CD store:

  • Bardo Pond - Dilate
  • Buckethead - Colma
  • Einstürzende Neubauten - Strategies Against Architecture
  • Gong - Angel’s Egg
  • Kansas - Leftoverture
  • McDonald and Giles - McDonald and Giles
  • Mr. Bungle - California
  • Neu! - Neu!
  • Philharmonie - The Last Word
  • Stratovarius - Episode
  • Sun Ra - Pathways to Unknown Worlds / Friendly Love

To my surprise, there’s a review of the Xploding Plastix album I mentioned in the last entry, at the GEPR. Unfortunately, the review, by Fred Trafton, is a bit painfully naive. I mentioned that I’m quite unfamiliar with this sort of electronic music, but it’s clear that Fred is even more so, to such an extent that it hinders his review. For instance, he assumes that the drumming on the album is all done by an actual drummer - clearly not the case. And his statement that “I don’t think it can be called anything but progressive rock” is completely off the mark.

I assume that Fred received a promo copy of the album, otherwise it’s unlikely he would have gone off and found it on his own. There are also reviews of the album in the latest issue of Exposé and The Axiom of Choice, curiously enough. It’s interesting that these guys sent off review copies to progressive rock reviewers - but clearly it was a savvy decision, as all the reviews are pretty positive, even if Fred’s especially sort of misses the point, in my opinion.

It raises the issue: some kinds of electronica or (gasp) “dance” music might appeal to a lot of prog fans. More artists in these genres should try to reach this audience…

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