Lithium-leveled? Really Grayson, you wanna do this again? Might want to get a more expansive set of adjectives to describe music that bores you to tears. (but I do see what you did there with the alliteration you clever clever boy)
I don't know why I ever come to this site, the occasional times I have it just pisses me off. Supporting the same local bands over and over, meanwhile almost anyone who plays a venue with room for more than 50 gets panned because they're like, totally mainstream and sell-outs.
Not that I care about Pete Yorn, I just think it's hilarious you're so predictable.
Thomas, I appreciate your comments reminding others as to the nature of Mr. Currin's job as critic. Too often he has to deal with nasty, undeserved personal attacks in these comments. But I am not attacking him nor did I casually breeze through the article for something to get up in arms about. I did not as you write "alert the authorities," I simply e-mailed a woman I respect regarding her opinion (I may be crazy, but I'm allowed that, right?). Mr Currin clearly uses the adjective bipolar in a derisive context to describe the band's ineffective, scattered album. In my (albeit lithium-addled) mind I cannot see another reading of this where bipolar is not meant to be pejorative. Too often stigma comes up to smack us in the face, and I would like for someone, once, to admit how what they said could be hurtful - particularly if a professional publication is the forum. It's the equivalent of calling something one doesn't like "gay." Pardon my raw sensitivity to this issue, but I think someone ought to speak up about the negative context that so clearly surrounds the word. I know I appreciate when others tell me I have said something hurtful, instead of letting it go, and letting me continue to make a jerk of myself.
I am sorely disappointed by the lack of professionalism in this article. To use bipolar as a pejorative adjective in his criticism of a band is inexcusable and offensive. Perhaps Mr. Currin has been fortunate enough to live a life untouched by mental illness, but I know that through his collaboration with Horseback he has at the least witnessed others suffer (perhaps OCD in his mind fuels the artistic temperament whereas bipolar only serves to stifle it?). I have e-mailed Stella March, an advocate at the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), regarding this stigmatizing usage of the disorder and hope that Mr. Currin may visit their site and educate himself as to the stigma that the mentally ill, and their loved ones, face everyday. I'm aware this may seem like an overreaction on my part, but it is only through the relentless chipping away at the stigma that progress will be made. I suggest Mr. Currin visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mental-health/MH00076 or http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=fight_stigma. I have no vendetta against you Mr. Currin, if you wish to pan a band's album that is your prerogative, but please refrain from invoking mental illness in the future when you want to insult a band.
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