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Monday, July 12, 2004

Oh, and:

I thought at one point I would have more to say about the NPR ombudsman's "hip but inscrutable" thing, but Douglas was already spot on; I think all the reviews quoted could have benefited from being edited for the ear, but "arch" is not a fair accurate description of their tone -- if anything, they err on the side of enthusiasm. All I'm certain of is that "surreal," "eerie," and "soundscape," if they must be used, should not be used in the same sentence, as they were in a recent All Things Considered review of a CD by Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter. I believe the exact formulation was "[quality X] makes Sykes' eerie soundscapes even more surreal." The bar is low, people.

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