These are the publications - scratch that, institutions - that popular music fans would once turn to for advance word on what awaited me on a new release, leering longingly at the privilege being a music journalist once held. No longer though. There were no advance copies of The King of Limbs.

As a result, you could practically hear the stampede of critics racing to blurt out their initial thoughts online, desperate to remain fresh and relevant. The advent of live-blogging and Twitter has clearly brought with it an urgency to what the press would typically report on - music journalism included.

It prompted founder of the popular Drowned In Sound web-zine Sean Adams to speak out on Twitter:

It’s an interesting and arguably legitimate comment on a day which saw the ancient art of the music-review reduced to a sort of knee jerk, first-time-round decision making. Thumbing through my record collection, I notice that the albums I continually return to years after their release - Radiohead’s own Kid A included - I had difficulty warming to on initial listens.

Guess I wasn’t just doing “professional trolling”, after all.

Gonna give it at least 3months before I listen to King of Limbs. I’ve got about 200 other albums in my play queue and enough people are listening to it that I don’t really have to.

Still can’t decide what was worse: friday’s live-blogged death of music journalism (“I am downloading the tracks… I am listening now!”), wherein I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by firsties, gorging on search engine optimisation OR the fact I had more retweets and gained more new Twitter followers in day for being vaguely disinterested in gut reactions to the new Radiohead album, than I usually get in a week for bigging up any music I love. (how do I check how many followers I lost in the process?)

  1. mangonebula reblogged this from alhorner and added:
    The King of Limbs, the eighth studio album by Oxford titans Radiohead, will be “the world’s first newspaper album”...
  2. jesuisunstylo reblogged this from alhorner
  3. dominicumile reblogged this from alhorner and added:
    Writer Al Horner nailed this, but I’m unsure if people realize that instant opinionating isn’t
  4. nickcalafato reblogged this from alhorner and added:
    Click through to read interesting thoughts on the effects that Radiohead’s new release will have on music journalism.
  5. dendre reblogged this from szaller and added:
    Vagy esetleg még éppen létezik vélemény, de...sem értéke, sem értelme nincs sok.
  6. thommyc reblogged this from seaninsound and added:
    This is precisely the reason...ignored the internet until I had listened to the album
  7. orehrepus reblogged this from seaninsound
  8. wasichheutegelernthabe reblogged this from seaninsound and added:
    Nothing more to add.
  9. szaller reblogged this from alhorner and added:
    meghirdetett időpont előtt már letölthető volt, és ahogy...cikk is említi, mindenki,
  10. seaninsound reblogged this from alhorner and added:
    “professional trolling”, after all. Gonna give it...least 3months before I listen to
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