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Hat Unexamined

Properly couldn't believe how shit this review in the Observer was. Apparently the full text:

Davy Graham, who died two years ago, aged 68, was revered among guitarists of every style. He never achieved the success he deserved, mainly because the media didn't know what label to stick on him. This collection of rare tracks includes some of his most jazz-inspired playing. There are five numbers, privately recorded in 1963 and paid for by Bob Monkhouse, who was a huge fan. There is also a whole live set, recorded 10 years later at the Medway folk centre, containing everything from Irish pipe tunes to a piece by Horace Silver and even a Cole Porter song.

Which is the worst kind of hollow, unaesthetic crap. I understand that 1) if some copy-ed idiot does ask you for a 100 word review, then you're doomed from the start unless you can write a sonnet for it and that 2) shading-in detail is vital if you're not to alienate the vast majority of your readership (the ones who don'…

ALBUM REVIEW: Kid Reflux's Summer Mix 2010.4

Can pop, when placed in a symphony of total immersion, solve any conceivable problem or emotional travail? 'Good luck, good luck...'

A: "Cheer Up, Cunt"
Shake A Leg - Roll DeepBrave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants - Wild Beasts[samples In The Basement - Etta James]Am I Right or Wrong? - Son HouseSuccess - Iggy(Release The Pressure) - James BrownMonkey Man - SpecialsYa Goin Down - JJ FadHate To Say I Told You So - Shangri-LasLadyflash - Go! Team
We Run This - Missy[glory glory synth united] - TNJX?--> [cut] a young Piaf? -->La Foule - Edith PiafEskimo ? - Wiley/Roll Deep>--> 6s of "One More Time" -->Respect Yourself - Staple Singers [out of tape]

B: "Chip up, cockle"
'Respect Yourself' continues[some lovely r&b, "have a little faith in what you do"]Hot Stuff - Donna SummerGood Luck - Basement Jaxx[no seam] Boom Boom - Vengaboys--> [violent] 5s of Kate Bush's "Wow" -->[violent] Girl Overboard …