Saturday, February 23, 2008

The future of music criticism: Just wave the cover in front of the reviewer and get yer star rating

Gawker reports on a new low for rock criticism: in its March issue, Maxim reviews the new Black Crowes album even though the writer did not listen to the record. The truth came out when the perplexed label, which apparently didn’t make advance review copies, contacted the editors of the magazine and received this response:

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.

The band’s quite reasonably outraged reponse is here.

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