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#121 Post by Nicholas » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 1:05 pm

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#122 Post by drunk14 » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 1:25 pm

I wonder if PSB/their management paid for Q review? You already know that I do not have a trust in all of these big titles like Q, NME or Rolling Stone, but they are probably still perceived as the best means of promotion in newspaper sector. For a typical PSB consumer it could be a more reliable and trustworthy source than some alternative music website etc. (force of habit and some past traditions where such reviews really mattered).

My question came from the observation that N&C shared Q's review on their site and social media. They could choose a better review, more enthusiastic and valuable. Now we're talking about this particular example, but it could be a general problem for consideration. There are many voices around that artists do such things.
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#123 Post by PopKid78 » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 6:32 pm

Just had a quick flick through Uncut Magazine, whilst out shopping. Hotspot gets 8/10


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#124 Post by GalataPSB » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 6:44 pm

Bruzz magazine

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#125 Post by ArtHist » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 6:55 pm

drunk14 wrote:
Wed 15 Jan 2020, 1:25 pm
I wonder if PSB/their management paid for Q review? You already know that I do not have a trust in all of these big titles like Q, NME or Rolling Stone, but they are probably still perceived as the best means of promotion in newspaper sector. For a typical PSB consumer it could be a more reliable and trustworthy source than some alternative music website etc. (force of habit and some past traditions where such reviews really mattered).

My question came from the observation that N&C shared Q's review on their site and social media. They could choose a better review, more enthusiastic and valuable. Now we're talking about this particular example, but it could be a general problem for consideration. There are many voices around that artists do such things.
Q Mag was always big on hyperbole and purple prose. Case in point; the Alternative Review from 1995. A 5 star review with no real depth, rattle off a few song titles and make an obligatory reference to some cultural figure from the past (in this case Gene Vincent standing in for the Doris Day mention we got in the Hotspot review). Formulaic AF. I can only assume that they know it's only fans who are buying PSB, and we will purchase new material regardless of the rating, so why bother writing an in-depth review.
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#126 Post by drunk14 » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 7:32 pm

Thank you for this archival scan! Never seen this photo before.
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#127 Post by Debussy » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 8:02 pm

GalataPSB wrote:Bruzz magazine

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#128 Post by ArtHist » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 8:12 pm

^^^ Millennial intern with access to Wikipedia and lyricsgenius.com

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#129 Post by rashomon » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 9:33 pm

Pet Shop Boys - Vorst

"Can I have the vorst Pet Shop Boys album, please?"
you could say conventional ... and I could claim intentional

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#130 Post by ArtHist » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 9:47 pm

rashomon wrote:
Wed 15 Jan 2020, 9:33 pm
Pet Shop Boys - Vorst

"Can I have the vorst Pet Shop Boys album, please?"
Uh-oh....we need a poll...!

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#131 Post by Nicholas » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 11:06 pm

nickname wrote:
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Nicholas wrote:
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Really lovely review. I’d say Hoping For A Miracle is more King’s Cross than Funny Uncle though.
King's Cross is arguably the best ballad of the PSB career. I wish this song was as good as King's Cross.
Got access to the Hotspot album stream back again and have been listening all week. I stand by my earlier comment.

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#132 Post by Pod » Wed 15 Jan 2020, 11:25 pm

Love that word used in the Alternative review...



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#133 Post by Kevinthehorse » Thu 16 Jan 2020, 1:03 pm

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What a disappointment these reviews are. all this whimsical talk about their career, all the flowery talk and yet at the end of the day for all intent and purpose its just a overblown over wordy blurb review. did they really listen to the songs? I wouldnt take those odds going by what I read.
That's the nature of album reviews for 1980s "heritage" acts I'm afraid. The first half of the review will simply consist of a reminder of who they are, how long they've been making music and what they've achieved. The remainder of the review will class the album as either a "return to form" (4 stars), "more of the same" (3 stars) or "a shadow of their former selves" (2 stars), with a cursory mention of a couple of song titles.

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#134 Post by GalataPSB » Thu 16 Jan 2020, 3:11 pm

UNCUT MAGAZINE

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#135 Post by ArtHist » Thu 16 Jan 2020, 7:41 pm

^^^ Dreamland a standout? Eurgh.

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