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By: Kate Ashton-Butler

style and the music industry

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Nostalgia would have you believe the charming idiom: “it’s what’s on the inside that counts”. Whether you heard this delightful saying from the porcelain knee of your now divorced mother, or the unwaxed lips of a woollen-clad ethics teacher, the harsh reality is unambiguous: in the music industry, looks are everything.

Admittedly, in 21st century pop, musical talent took a minor role from day one. Take the abomination that is Britney Spears: a glorified porn star who, thanks to a digital voice mixer and a hand crafted push up, has been masqueraded as a “singing sensation” while simultaneously transacting as a terrific role...

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live reviews

kraftwerk

Spoken of reverently, akin to a techno Beatles, Kraftwerk are really no such thing.

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nine inch nails

In one way, you could say it shouldn’t really be like this: Jane’s...

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mono

Okay, so it’s a formula – but then so were the classic songs of Holland/Dozier...

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mini cd reviews

elephant stone - the seven seas

Though the name may lead to groans from doubters dreading another...

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wildbirds and peacedrums – the snake

This album from the Swedish two- piece has had numerous plaudits so I was eager...

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cd reviews

julian plenti …is skyscraper

Of course Julian Plenti is… Paul Banks (of Interpol) and yet crucially, Julian Plenti is most certainly not Paul Banks of Interpol.

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tortoise – beacons of ancestorship

Tortoise are a maddening band. There’s no doubt that they’re massively influential and have pro- duced some amazing music...

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florence and the machine - lungs

Florence and the Machine is one of those little bands that seeps in under the pop radar, and becomes a sensation based on...

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blur - midlife

Dear Blur, What exactly is the point of this compilation? I can’t see one. It serves no purpose, and fills no hole. There are no...

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grizzly bear – veckatimest

When I was a kid I used to love drawing in pencil. I would craft elaborate and detailed scenes that looked pretty good...

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st. vincent - actor

According to St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), Actor is all about losers – unhappy, lonely people who are struggling to...

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