Quick review of Taylor’s tracks from Cinema Blend

Cinema Blend reviewed “The Runaround” and “Dream Myself Awake.”  Well…sort of.  Their thoughts aren’t detailed or in-depth enough to be deemed a review, but they definitely did comment on it.  Here’s what they had to say:

“It was, after all, a surprising feat for a silver-haired, 58-year-old to be elected the new Idol by the overly-obsessed patrons of the show, when they usually gush over arousing youth. Oh dear…correction: Hicks is actually 30.”

Well, okay, that’s not part of the song review, but I threw that in there so you know where we’re starting. 

“The first is the full version of “The Runaround”…which sadly, is rather lame. Although I dig the groovy drums, Hicks’ voice kills its potential. And the lyrics, “I got a degree in crying”…please.”

I’ve got no problems with someone thinking “The Runaround” is lame.  No, this is not groundbreaking songwriting here.  But for the reviewer to straight-up say “Hicks’ voice kills its potential,” well, kills the potential of this review.  I mean (ANALOGY ALERT: read it carefully, not the comparisons I am making and the comparisons I am not making) I personally cannot stand Bob Dylan’s nasal, on-death’s-door voice, but I can’t deny that his songs are amazing.  Shame on Cinema Blend for sticking a critic who can’t get past Taylor’s unique voice on the job here.

Oh, yeah, they mentioned “Dream Myself Awake” too:

The second tune is a sample of “Dream Myself Awake”…and from what I’ve heard, it’s about as cheesy as the American Idolers get.” 

I don’t disagree, but at this point, who’s really listening? 

Ugh.  People are free to like or dislike Taylor, and not all the critics are going to love him.  But once a reviewer comes out and says that they can’t get past Taylor’s voice (which for me is the best part of the whole package), just because they personally don’t like it, how seriously can you take the review?

But perhaps the most telling part of the review comes at the end:

“The guy might be able to sing, but on Broadway—not for pop music (same can be said for Clay Aiken). It doesn’t help that Hicks looks like he’s about ready to retire when he’s only just starting out.”

Ohhhh, I get it.  Taylor’s voice sounds different (not like the nasal falsettos of Justin Timberlake or Ryan Cabrera), and thus has no place in the perfect little box that is pop music.  Plus, eww, he’s got gray hair!  He’ll never be able to spike it up and bleach the tips blonde…however will he survive on TRL?  Isn’t this part of the problem? Isn’t this why pop music isn’t getting any better–that these self-appointed gatekeepers of Top 40 radio get to decide what fits in the box and what doesn’t? 

My humble request is not to let them decide for you.  Give the album a spin.  If you like it, buy it.  If you really like it, request it on the radio.  And if you don’t like it, don’t buy it, and go find something else you do like.  But if you give it a spin, and you find yourself saying “hmm, catchy, I kinda like it…but why bother, the guy’s never gonna be a pop singer”…please don’t let that dictate your purchase choice.  Make your own decisions; don’t let the folks at CinemaBlend, ClearChannel, and their ilk make them for you.

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