Misconstruing Albini

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Misconstruing Albini

Post by flanneljammies » Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:40 am

In a Pitchfork review posted today, the reviewer made the following observations about Steve Albini's recordings in general:

"...superfluous reverb and an air-tight low end. I've never listened to an Albini-produced band and not thought my ears were clogged."
"...silo 'verb and guitar strangulation."
"...balled-fist, hyper-compressed sludge treatments."

What records has he actually listened too? Surely the reverb he complains about is room sound, but hyper-compressed? Come on...

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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by bigtoe » Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:54 am

"a reviewer here did the same thing once...same thing - said - 'overcompressed.'"

reviewers are idiots for the most part...they try to make a name for themselves by throwing mud and slinging their cocks around like anyone cares.

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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by chris harris » Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:55 am

how many pitchfork reviewers do you think even know what compression is?

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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by thethingwiththestuff » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:00 am

oh my, a pitchfork reviewer writing over his own head? pshaw...

the poor guy gets misconstrued a trillion times a day on the internet. the only thing worse than that review is people thinking albini never uses compression at all.

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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by Rigsby » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:11 am

*Flame suit on*

I kind of agree with the cloggy sound thing, thus i'm not a huge albini fan.

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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by rydberg » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:27 am

I'm convinced that the writers for Pitchfork don't know their ass from a hole in the ground. I've seen mistake after mistake, misinformation and just plain bullshit in most of the reviews. The least they could do is start hiring college graduates rather than get their submissions from high school study hallers.

And a writer like that trying to do a technical critique is beyond laughable. :? That kind of bullshit stinks from 10 miles away.

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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by numberthirty » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:41 am

You know, I saw this and, it really did ruffle my feathers. No matter how we see Albini, how does the compression comment help the average guy on the street(who may know nothing about compression) No example of such recording was given(by Albini or anyone else for that matter) It just seemed like using a pronoun without giving any nouns to clue the reader as to what the heck the reviewer is talking about.

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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by numberthirty » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:44 am

AND: I could have sworn the reviewer used the phrase tube-amped?

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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by numberthirty » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:46 am

AND: the reviewer used warm-ish! I know that's not a word! Don't they grammar check those things?

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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by Everybody's X » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:48 am

I don't know about the article but the subject line is a great band name
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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by joel hamilton » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:51 am

numberthirty wrote:You know, I saw this and, it really did ruffle my feathers. No matter how we see Albini, how does the compression comment help the average guy on the street(who may know nothing about compression) No example of such recording was given(by Albini or anyone else for that matter) It just seemed like using a pronoun without giving any nouns to clue the reader as to what the heck the reviewer is talking about.
That is the key to this. Nice one. I avoid discussions about other engineers as we all hear things differently, but to try and get specific about "compression" or other techniques seems ludacris beyond even a discussion involving taste.

Arguing opinion and subjective definition of "good" or "better" is more than pointless, it is downright lame. Just my opinion, of course. ;)

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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by bmsander » Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:03 am

How many Pitchfork reviewers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?






Wow . . . (*condescending look*) . . . you don't know???





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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by dynomike » Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:32 am

These are, after all, the same reviewers who believe that Bryce Goggin ruined Nada Surf's "Let Go"...

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-re ... t-go.shtml

Idiots! That album sounds gorgeous!
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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by bdp » Tue Feb 08, 2005 6:13 pm

bmsander wrote:How many Pitchfork reviewers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?






Wow . . . (*condescending look*) . . . you don't know???





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Re: Misconstruing Albini

Post by lonesome_tone » Tue Feb 08, 2005 7:48 pm

god damn that pitchfork review of Let Go is so fucking infuriating.

they even had the balls to claim that bryce goggin 'ruined' crooked rain.

meanwhile they're giving serious thought to 'mashups' and sucking the dfa's cock until it bleeds.

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