The cringiest ever phrases in music journalism

Top 3

3 - “Iconic”
2 - “Difficult second album”
1 - (by a loooooooooooooong way) “Intelligent dance music” :mask: :nauseated_face: :face_vomiting:

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Like insert band here on acid

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sophomore album

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“Dropped”

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Hyper-specific example (paraphrasing 'cos I can’t find the precise quote)

"The song starts with an instrumental coda"

NME, in a track-by-track preview of either Suede’s Head Music or A New Morning.

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“A true return to form. Might be their best album since xxxx

Generally means it’s pish, dunnit

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You don’t get track by track previews anymore do you, it’s a shame, they used to really expose how shit most music journalists are at describing music

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‘Like band x meets band y in a really tortured metaphor.’

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Sound like Fugazi.

(a very late 90s phrase.)

Yeah. “This band is the love child of x and y.”

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comes from bands rather than the journalists, but:

"there’s always been a dance element to our music"

usually holds grim portents

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He.

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Any use of the word ‘epic’.

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I remember in NME’s review of Hard-Fi they said they were a better The Clash and that The Clash were actually, in fact, a shit band.

They had a time of it mid-00s by being iconoclastic for sensationalism.

“Iggy Pop, James Brown, David Bowie and Shirley Bassey in a lift”

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“Iggy Pop turns to the others and says”

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:laughing: I’ve definitely used these to describe music on here and elsewhere before. Maybe I should apply for a job at Kerrang! or summat

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Came here to say this.

‘Song cycle’

‘Pete Doherty’

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