From the Archives: Chuck Eddy (2002)

Chuck E… So Addictive: Voice Music Editor in His Second rockcritics.com Interview By Steven Ward (March 2002) Rock critic Chuck Eddy. Love or hate? Let us count the ways… I love Chuck Eddy because his writing changed my life. I hate Chuck Eddy because now I spend way too much productive time reading and thinking about rock criticism (as opposed to, you know, listening to music). I love Chuck … Continue reading From the Archives: Chuck Eddy (2002)

You Pin Me Round

Check out my in-progress Pinterest board — a misguided Z-A tour of the index for The Accidental Evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Chuck Eddy’s 1997 critical tome, with occasional links to songs referenced. (I like how this snapshot renders it as a series of playing cards.) My other Pinterest boards (including remixes of Lipstick Traces and The Aesthetics of Rock) can be found here. Continue reading You Pin Me Round

Synthesized austerity

But in Continental Europe, a style of disco developed that was notably more synthesized and austere, often sleazier or chillier or just plain sillier, than its U.S. counterpart. In other words, if rock fans building vinyl bonfires at White Sox games thought disco sounded inhuman, replacing musicianly perspiration and heart with icy technology and repetition, Eurodisco proved their point. Europe was farther from the nexus … Continue reading Synthesized austerity

Critical Collage: Rush vs. the Critics

A by no means comprehensive or conclusive survey of a Canadian power trio who once upon a time (much less so now) got under the skins of more rock critics than any other rock or pop artist going.

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Creem, June 1981

“For the record, those three are drummer Neil Peart, who writes all the band’s lyrics and takes fewer solos than might be expected; guitarist Alex Lifeson, whose mile-a-minute buzzing is more numbing than exciting; and bassist, keyboardist and singer Geddy Lee, whose amazingly high-pitched wailing often sounds like Mr. Bill singing heavy metal. If only Mr. Sluggo had been on hand to give these guys a couple good whacks…”
Steve Pond, review of Rush live in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone, 1980

Geddy Lee’s high-register vocal style has always been a signature of the band – and sometimes a focal point for criticism, especially during the early years of Rush’s career when Lee’s vocals were high-pitched, with a strong likeness to other singers like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. A review in the New York Times opined that Lee’s voice ‘suggests a munchkin giving a sermon.’ Although his voice has softened over the years, it is often described as a ‘wail.’ His instrumental abilities, on the other hand, are rarely criticized.
Wikipedia entry on Rush

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Mark Coleman and Ernesto Lechner, The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, 2004

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Nina Hagen vs. Journey

But I hedged my bet right from the beginning too, and kept my day job at the welfare department all the way through, as I was a family man and it provided regular income and medical coverage, etc. That job also gave me another kind of coverage, as a rock critic, as since my writing didn’t furnish my primary income, I could be very choosy … Continue reading Nina Hagen vs. Journey

Eddy (and his immortalized dreck!) reviewed

Rev. Keith A. Gordon in Blurt Online: “Eddy’s critical flights of fancy notwithstanding, he’s a solid writer of no little wit and humor, and if we readers (such as yours truly) can agree to disagree on some of the dreck that he immortalizes in Rock And Roll Always Forgets, we can all find middle ground. As music critics go, Chuck Eddy has always been a … Continue reading Eddy (and his immortalized dreck!) reviewed