Swear I'm not Paul: Media Attack: Herald AM, June 17

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Media Attack: Herald AM, June 17

This is the segment where I complain about other sections of the media, usually reviews. It's easy, and also quite enjoyable.

Today's Herald AM (that's the free morning newspaper version of the Evening Herald, to anyone not in the know) had reviews of both Radiohead's Best of (EMI making money from unnecessary releases) and the new Coldplay album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.

The Coldplay review started off badly with an attack on the album's title. It was immediately obvious that this reviewer was thoroughly biased. I guess this reviewer was the same Eamonn guy who reviewed the Radiohead record, but there was no name at the end of this review. Does it matter what the album is called? Not really. Led Zeppelin didn't even bother with names on some of their albums... And The Buttless Chaps have one of the worst band names ever, but still make good music.

It all went downhill from there. The reviewer comments how the opening track features "the usual Chris Martin 'oohs' and 'aahs'". Now I've listened to 'Life in Technicolour' a good few times now, and I distinctly remember no vocals, oohs or aahs on this instrumental song.

To top it all off, he even ends the review by admitting that he "doesn't like Coldplay". Seriously, his editor should have looked at this review, went "No", and threw it out. Even the mailboy probably would have done a better job.

And two stars? You're kidding me, right?

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