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Re: “The Arcade Fire's ascension, and their cold stare back down

Oscarwildebeest nailed it, and I hope to expand a little in assessing the writing involved in this review. Great music/art is about honesty, not about political/personal posturing. I wish the Independent would hire a writer who would be less interested in putting down whoever's making an honest assessment of the world rather than just continuing with one who is so focused on offering such a short-sighted and narrow-minded personal agenda -- Currin's agenda has always been driven by ego. He consistently puts down music that involves any real insight into the systems/circumstances that determine our lives, seemingly because offering realistic observations makes for easy targets of his own ego (it seems he thinks we should just ignore the realities of our own environments). Art doesn't work like politics -- the absence of taking sides usually reflects honesty rather than posturing, and it's lame when someone like Currin tries to take down a great album to just make himself seem above it all (what insight have you ever really offered to the world? -- very little, insofar as I've seen in years of reading your work).

It's furthermore a sad state of affairs when the Independent publishes a luke-warm article on a band that is amongst the most exciting indie rock bands in the world and for which we are largely responsible locally for putting in its current position. We should be proud of what we've helped to put out there!!!

Shame on you, Currin, for putting your own ego above that of great music. That's your game, and I hope the Independent will finally move on to someone who not only can write (for Currin certainly can), but who also can think (Currin definitely has shown his weaknesses in this regard with this article, not to mention the many he's authored in the past).

Posted by cusj on 08/17/2010 at 6:25 AM

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