As you know, I can not read reviews right now, as I have taken a vow not to spoil the new tour for myself. But I have it on good authority that, as is to be expected, um…not everyone loves our favorite Brothers, or the show. Big deal, right? I am all for constructive criticism, and there is inevitably a poor review or two (or more), but today, I am gonna try to get a little meta on it.
Apparently, a writer in San Francisco (I’ll allow myself to read his full piece after next Friday, I’ve only got non-spoiler excerpts) not only abhorred the Guys’ staging, but finds them to be both too eclectic and too derivative. OK. For me the term “eclectic” is not an insult (nor is another oft-used pseudo-slam against them, “harmless”).
As for being derivative…well, I don’t think they’ve ever claimed anything but a debt to their various professed forebears, but…OK. (Though I respectfully disagree…and I tend to be a harsh critic of bands that sound ridiculously derivative…which is pretty much every band out there at the moment, for my money). As far as I can tell, the reviewer is trying to put them down for the very thing that makes their derivations of old sounds (is there anything else?) ultimately more original.
I have not seen the show yet, so perhaps he is very right to call the performance “bloated” (I’ll let you know), but the reviewer seems not to have been too keen on the fundamental concept of the show from the get go, and some of his basic concert review “revelations” tread all too familiar ground. Still, I am going to try to highlight it, because there was another interesting article that came through the alerts last week which relates. This other piece, I think, touches upon what bee is in the bonnet of some of these heinously ill-assigned “critics”, who call their brief, shallowly dismissive mentions of the show criticism, which they tuck neatly amidst longer, more colorful passages which rip the scene as a whole.
In short, there is something quite sexist about the way the Boys get reviewed (even though they are boys, and even though sometimes the critics are women). And it’s about a lot of us, the fans.
Some food for thought…after the jump.
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