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  FIQL Forum Music Talk Pavement is waaay overrated
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leprous1
Joined: Jul. 30, 2007
Posts: 14
Posted: August 02, 2007 - 5:35PM    
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Pavement is waaay overrated

Everywhere I look there are rave reviews for the band Pavement. All the critics seem to love them. Well, I actually listened to them for the first time yesterday and it was sad. The guy can't sing, he doesn't even try. They're instrumental is boring, depressing.
What is so great about Pavement? Am I missing something, because it seems to me that tons of people, at least music critics, go deaf temporarily when they listen to them. Maybe it's like Phish, where you have to be high in order to appreciate them.


vinyljunki
Joined: Oct. 13, 2006
Posts: 49
Posted: August 08, 2007 - 12:48PM    
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I think the problem is that a few of the "key" people in the industry say "Hey, this is good", and the mindless sheep (AKA the general public) simply follow that, and ask no questions. If everyone else digs it, then they should as well. And that's what got music where it is now (in the gutter).


EricJ
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Joined: Apr. 18, 2005
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Posted: August 08, 2007 - 3:12PM    
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It's interesting that you found their instrumentals boring, as their composition is one of the reasons I count myself as a Pavement fan. Wowee Zowee (album) is wildly diverse, for example.

Speaking for the critics, while I certainly don't know why they happen to like a certain band, you have to take history into account when reading about Pavement. Their first album came out at the height of grunge, an era not exactly known for its levity or diversity, and Pavement provided a little of both. Not too take anything away from either grunge or Pavement, but with critics, you seem to win some points just for going against the norm, so that may be part of the reason.


leprous1
Joined: Jul. 30, 2007
Posts: 14
Posted: August 10, 2007 - 3:15PM    
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I think you're right about critics liking bands that go against the norm. Recently the band TV on the Radio is also getting alot of good reviews. I haven't listened enough to decide if I like them, but I will say that what I heard was definitely different from other bands. I think what happens is a band starts something, ahead of its time, and other bands catch on later and perfect it. Then it becomes a whole new genre of music.


EricJ
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Posted: August 10, 2007 - 4:58PM    
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Quoth leprous1:

I think you're right about critics liking bands that go against the norm. Recently the band TV on the Radio is also getting alot of good reviews. I haven't listened enough to decide if I like them, but I will say that what I heard was definitely different from other bands. I think what happens is a band starts something, ahead of its time, and other bands catch on later and perfect it. Then it becomes a whole new genre of music.

TVOTR's pretty cool; they're still growing on me, I guess. Dunno if you're into the Pixies or not, but TVOTR does an acapella version of one of their tunes that's quite a trip.


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