Saturday, May 24, 2008


I was poking around the net and happened across a review of an album. I won't mention the band as it is irrelevant(and besides...I don't like 'em anyway...). But the reviewer(who will also remain free publicity for this.) had this to say in summing up the LP.

"They set out to make a musical equivalent of a work of art — and succeeded."

Let's see. Hmmm...


1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

2. the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an art collection.

3. a field, genre, or category of art: Dance is an art.

4. the fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture: art and architecture.

5. any field using the skills or techniques of art: advertising art; industrial art.

6. (in printed matter) illustrative or decorative material: Is there any art with the copy for this story?

7. the principles or methods governing any craft or branch of learning: the art of baking; the art of selling.

8. the craft or trade using these principles or methods.

9. skill in conducting any human activity: a master at the art of conversation.

10. a branch of learning or university study, esp. one of the fine arts or the humanities, as music, philosophy, or literature.

11. arts,
a. (used with a singular verb) the humanities: a college of arts and sciences.
b. (used with a plural verb) liberal arts.

12. skilled workmanship, execution, or agency, as distinguished from nature.

13. trickery; cunning: glib and devious art.

14. studied action; artificiality in behavior.

15. an artifice or artful device: the innumerable arts and wiles of politics.

16. Archaic. science, learning, or scholarship.

Sorry. Just the dumbest thing I have read in a minute. Pretty idiotic statement. And it's from a 'professional' writer... Am I supposed to know what they meant? I do, it means you're lazy. The review was as pointless as most, not much in the way of actual assessing of the work, mostly just frivolous trivia about the band and their lives. Whatever. I know it's common. But damn that is an asinine thing to say.

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