He clearly outlines why he thinks it's good: the production and the songwriting. "They come up with a sound that's casually modern and retro with enough heft in its rhythms to sound good at clubs, yet it's designed to be heard outdoors on the sunniest day of the summer. This is exceedingly light music, as sweet and bubbly as a wine spritzer, yet it isn't so frothy that it floats away." And "her voice [...] may blend into the production, yet that actually helps the recordings since it emphasizes the melodies above everything else. And there are some irresistible melodies here..."steve-o wrote:What's so frustrating about STE's review, is that he outlines all these reasons why it's total crap, but still concludes by saying it's a good record.
I'm not saying I agree with him. Just saying that his review gives a very clear picture of what this album is all about and how it sounds. He balances plenty of negatives with the positives. I haven't heard the album (except the single) and I'm pretty sure from reading his review that I know exactly how it sounds. And, more importantly, whether or not I'd like it. Which, when you think about it, is why you'd read a review. Star designations are meaningless and insipid. Ignore the "rating" and read the words. They actually give you a lot of useful information.
But he's still a tool.