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Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

I started my musical study in 1971. I studied jazz guitar and big band arranging at Ithaca College. I have been playing and studying nonstop since then. Point is, I am qualified to formulate opinions about music. My opinions are based on criteria that I apply when I listen to any type of music. Melody, harmony, dynamics, instrumental proficiency. Here's my review: Execute and Breathe is a great fucking record. I dismiss the review by the uneducated jerk with a thesaurus.

Robert Gagon - solo artist and leader of Small Change (The Premier Tom Waits Tribute Band)

Posted by CriticalThinking101 on 06/13/2014 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

Sorry to be so formal with a letter to the editor and all, but I've gotta take a public stand for a much-maligned musical genre that has yet again taken a beating — this time in the pages of my favorite paper! Just read the review of Elephants of Scotland's latest, and it took me aback. Any review that begins with a sweeping, judgmental dismissal of an entire musical genre and its fans is not going to go well for a band from that genre. Seems unfair for someone with a displayed — and contradictory — apathetic loathing for progressive rock to review a new CD from a progressive rock band.

Worse, your writer's "opinion" is really a regurgitation of the mainstream, Jann Wenner-and-Rolling Stone-bolstered negative stereotype they've been flogging since the genre's inception. Adding error to injury, the review is factually incorrect in its assessment of the success of progressive rock bands, with the false assumption that none has attained "riches, fame or even critical acceptance outside of a few diehards."

Any cogent points made later are lost in the post-fusillade smoke after your writer's ignorant and misinformed opening salvo at progressive rock fans and bands. As he manages to also savage gamers and LARPs, it's actually a broadside against geek culture in general. The guy's got some issues. I know it's not always easy, but please try to better match your reviewers with the releases they review. Thanks!

Mike Luoma, DJ for The Point 104.7 FM

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Posted by CriticalThinking101 on 06/11/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe

This article says more about the reviewer than the album.

It could be said that critics are simply unaccomplished wannabe musicians with an axe to grind, especially when they dismiss an entire genre of music and its fans in one fell swoop. But you could also say you haven't made a great prog album until its gotten shitty reviews which is the ultimate validation of your craft. It took 40 years for Rolling Stone to warm up to Rush, when their popularity got so big they could no longer be ignored.

Intelligent people can have differing opinions but this guy tips his hand pretty early on that he's more interested in juvenile snobbery & name-calling than he is critical analysis. Apparently 7D hasn't changed its practice of publishing reviews which positively reek of the author's desperation to demonstrate how clever and cool they are.

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Posted by CriticalThinking101 on 05/23/2014 at 1:26 PM

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