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By Emily Mackay

Posted on 03/11/10 at 05:49:31 pm


We took a trip down to the offices of The Man to hear Rihanna’s forthcoming fifth album, ‘Loud’ (due out November 15). As you might expect it’s a tasteful collection brimming over with wholesomeness and propriety, exactly the kind of thing that should grace the stereogram of any good Christian household…

From the off, ‘Loud’ doesn’t mess around with this dirty, hi-NRG Eurodance banger produced by her longtime collaborators Stargate. The sure-to-be-much-quoted lyrics leave as little to the imagination as a bikini of barbed wire, Rihanna bawling “Sex in the air but I don’t care, I love the smell of it/Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me", over a fat wrecking-ball of a beat.


'What's My Name'
A slower, more brooding number, but the beats are still sharp and dark. It’s moody and sultry, but with an agile, playful vocal on the chorus, and Rihanna making full use of her Barbadian burr as she challenges "Hey boy, I really wanna see if you can go downtown with a girl like me ". Rumoured former paramour Drake’s nonchalant drawl slides over the brutally sharp beats, wondering about the “square root of 69” (NB Drake dropped out of school to act in TV, so he may not be qualified to answer).

‘Cheers (Drink To That)’
A good old fashioned drinking song, driven by an elfinly yelping “yeah-yeah” refrain, a warm, loping, lazy pop-rock number vaguely reminiscent of Bran Van 3000’s ‘Drinking In LA’. Rihanna’s at the bar, posing in her Ray-Bans, sticking it all on her card, advising in an accent so thick it’s almost Germanic, "Don't let the bastards get you down". The track drops away into a load of pissed-bar-chants before coming back in with the soon-to-be-massive chorus, “Here’s to the freakin’ weekend/I’ll drink to that”.

A weird baroque pop opening, violin stabs and treated vocals, builds slowly into a rolling and shuddering beat and soft, sad-toned piano. A set-jawed, merciless break-up song in the mould of ‘Take A Bow’, it’s glossy and classy and hard, Rihanna urging "Go on, be gone/Bye bye so long/Can't you see we're fading away".

'Only Girl (In The World)'
Well, if you haven’t heard this, I do hear Kamchatka is lovely this time of year. That ridiculously massive, overclocked Armand Van Helden-style womp remains one of the high points of the album, beats dropping away to great glaciers of synth as widescreen as if seen from a helicopter.

‘California King Bed’
The inevitable big ballad with acoustic guitar (complete with audible string scrapes) soft piano keys and intimate melancholy, building into a massive power-balladish chorus in the manner of ‘If I Was A Boy’. Rihanna bewails the breakdown of a relationship: “Chest to chest/Nose to nose/Palm to palm, you were always just that close… in this California King Bed we’re 10,000 miles apart.”

'Man Down'
More pronounced Caribbean/reggae flavours than anywhere else on the album. As with ‘Russian Roulette’ it’s hard to tell whether the central narrative "Mama, mama, I just shot a man down in Central Station/In front of a big old crowd" is a romantic metaphor or actually a song about unloading a gun in someone’s face.

‘Raining Men feat Nicki Minaj’
An MIA-ish, grindingly dirty baile-tinged number completely with parping klaxons. The cheeky team of Rihanna and Minaj (playing the Missy Elliot trickster-girl to RiRi’s glossy Tweet) gang up on the lads: "Set your sights lower boy, you're aiming too high," scoffs Rihanna, while Nicki’s more to the point: "Couldn't find that thing with a microscope".

A clean, sharp dancepop number, backed by a dark and shuffling hip-hop beat and a melancholic pop vocal "Why do you make it so hard to love you?/I hate it," wails Rihanna, and we’re reminded of the best and cleverest moments of the Sugababes (RIP).

Dark low bass and creeping touches of synth, and suspenseful, sultry vocals. "I got secrets that I wanna show you," promises Rihanna. (We hear she’s quite into etching between commitments, though she doesn’t like to talk about it). The beats are restrained and controlled, with no big drop like you’re expecting. "You know I like it rough," she asserts. "You a big boy, you know I like that". CRIPES.

‘Love The Way You Lie feat Eminem (Pt II)
Reversing the Em/Ri-Ri balance of the first instalment, Pt II delves deeper into the tortured relations of its characters, starts with piano and brooding chords, soon undercut by massive, hefting, tectonic, Umbrella-styke beats. “Maybe I'm a masochist,” muses Rihanna, “try to run but I don't wanna never leave/Till the walls are going up in smoke with all our memories." Eminem’s guest verse sounds completely deranged, practically screaming with fury at some points, bawling “tell me how ugly I am and how you'll always love me.” Sheesh, that’s the last time we suggest he might take the recycling out more often.

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Melvin [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 04:21
...NME blogs, where sub-editors go to die.
Emily Mackay [Member] //November 4 2010 at 10:12
NME blogs' comment sections, where trolls go through the blandest and most feeble of motions.
oh emily. [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 10:16
when reading this it reminds me of a two year old and a crayon. learn to write you creepster.
Luke Lewis [Member] //November 4 2010 at 10:19
What the fuck is wrong with you people? Seriously, I'd like to know. What is going on in your lives that would make you so needlessly vicious?
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dude [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 12:11
i was promised a teary eyed luke lewis...
Leeroy Jenkins [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 12:24
Is it because you're reviewing an R'nB pop act on an indie music website? None of your audience listens to this kind of music and will therefore slag it off. Not rocket science is it Luke?
Luke Lewis [Member] //November 4 2010 at 13:05
So how come thousands of people have already viewed this blog post? More to the point, where on NME.COM does it say "this is an indie music website"?

Plus, if you're not interested in Rihanna, why did you click on the headline, "Rihanna - First Listen", and then read all the comments?
Leeroy Jenkins [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 13:07
Because I like reading the torrent of abuse you guys get in the comments section. It's the only reason why I log into this site. Comedy gold.
Emily Mackay [Member] //November 4 2010 at 13:11
Your palate for abuse is poorly developed if these malformed ner-ners are enough to ring your bell, Leeroy. More gonks than trolls, really.
firewalk-withme [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 14:08
great piece emily looking forward to hearing it (esp 'complicated' after how you described it) and seeing how the album differs from RATED R can't believe that people are so close-minded about music - music is music. end of.
Mark [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 14:45
Luke, you can't be serious, surely. In the fifteen years or so that I've taken any interest in the NME (magazine or website), I have read reviews, editorial content, responses to readers' letters etc which was utterly brutal to their intended subjects/victims. You are not going to get away with coming on here and whining about the first two comments being "needlessly vicious", just because the target happens to be one of your colleagues. Incidentally, I happen to enjoy your own blogs more often than not, and I couldn't care less whether or not the NME reviews pop music. But I think there's a clear double standard here - unless NME is now tightening its own editorial policy as well.
scott [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 14:58
i thought this was one of the bettter nme reviews to be honest
scott [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 15:00
its a decent review, ive read some crap on nme reviews and this definatly better than most, giving the writers abuse is pretty low guys spesh on the internet
Luke Lewis [Member] //November 4 2010 at 15:16
@Mark - yes, but it's not just this blog post, though, is it? It's absolutely everything we write. I don't see why every piece of content on this site has to adumbrated by a pissy little mean-spirited whinge. We do this because we love music; we don't need to provide a platform for every shrieking dickhead with a grudge.

No-one would put up with it any other walk of life. Street-sweepers don't have to put up with passers-by constantly bellowing at them, 'You're shit LOL'. But we're journalists on the internet, so apparently it's OK to insult us all day, every day.
Laura Snapes [Member] //November 4 2010 at 15:24
@Luke Lewis Absolutely fuck all's going on in their lives, that's the problem...
oh Melvin [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 15:26
agreed with Luke Lewis. As first listens on this site go, this one is not only pretty spot on it's also well written. Melvin - seeing as this is a first listen and not a fucking thesis on the new Rihanna record, maybe you should quit with your pointless commenting.
dude [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 16:21
its only a bit of fun lol. maybe if nme stopped being tokenistic with their genre coverage this wouldnt happen? proof - kanye west on the debut albums list. that album is fucking awesome but so are a million other hip hop debuts that got shunted for some bland indie act.
Weird Name McGee [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 16:26
Nice piece. What's up with Melvin and Leeroy though? Surely they're not real names? Shit I'd hate to be lumbered with either of those monikers. Would probably turn me into the kind of raving loser that comments on blogs.
Luke Lewis [Member] //November 4 2010 at 16:37
@Dude - you reckon we don't cover enough hip-hop. People like Leeroy Jenkins kick off if we cover anything other than indie. What are we supposed to draw from that? See, this is why most comments on here are pointless. It's just partisan bitching, it doesn't get us anywhere.
[Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 17:32
As wrong as the abuse is here, a valid point was raised by comparing it to nme's own journalists. Some of their reviews and pieces over the years have been downright obnoxious, insulting and personal. Imagine spending 6 months writing and working hard recording an album, to then open a page of one of britains biggest music magazines and see the comments about their work. Not liking something is one thing, abusing it and personally insulting its author is quite another yet i see the magazine do this on a regular basis
the silent majority [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 20:26
Y'know what? the internet really depresses me sometimes - the anonymity brings out the gobs**te in so many people. What do you achieve by abusing someone for reviewing an album?Is it because the piece is by a woman?Do you think that you now have some sort of power over her? you utter,utter bell end. What sort of mental deficiancy is it that makes people think that they're clever by clicking on a link, and posting responses like "of course, I've never heard of them". THEN WHY ARE YOU RESPONDING YOU TW*TS! One final note, I would imagine getting paid to travel around the country/world to watch and review bands that you like is a bit better than what anyone posting "call that writing" will ever hope to have as a career - maybe that's part of the reason for the d*ckheadedness on here.
harry [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 21:18
i appreciate the journalists not appreciating the abuse that's received on here but i can't see the merit in joining in with the comments to say what basically amounts to 'you're wrong so shut up'. You need to appreciate the hypocrisy that could be seen from employees of the nme disliking contentious and mean spirited comments against them when the magazine itself has had the reputation for a good few years of producing a lot of sensationalised bullshit and making a band just to break them. im not pointing the finger at any of the writers here, im not familiar with what theyve written in the magazine, but ive read many-a-piece in the magazine that comes across much like a vindictive charlie brooker piece which isn't actually a world away from a lot of the comments here. I just think it's probably best if you stray away from getting involved in debates with churlish internet users, especially when you're resorted to going down the 'you've got no life' route, come on, you're writing for the most famous music magazine in the country, you should be above this.
Simon Webbon [Visitor] //November 4 2010 at 22:43
This piece is pure advertorial. How low will the NME sink?
Phelo [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 00:23
Putting the gowls from The Inbetweeners on the cover doesn't get anyone anywhere either.There's as much wrong with the NME as what is wrong with people bemoaning a Rihanna-related blog. Invariably the editorial quality has slipped across the board, be it in print or online. Under the new regime the rag regained a modicum of credibility but that has since dissipated. The NME, rightly so, lambasted the likes of Embrace for years, so if you are to hold up the street-sweeper argument, then Embrace, unfortunately, deserve an apology. Getting thousands of hits when the blog is tagged with 'Rihanna', 'first listen', 'new album' and the like shouldn't be hard, it's fucking Rihanna. It's been patently obvious that readers haven't been happy with the product for some time, and all that we get in response is 'what are we supposed to draw from that', if Nike make a shit fitting pair of trainers they don't say "well you do better then", they realise they're shit and try to improve upon them (I'd imagine). But other than changing 'the look' for the umpteenth time in a short period, nothing has been done. Here, and in other blogs, you're just seeing a manifestation of that anger.
Leeroy Jenkins [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 09:13
@Luke To be fair I didn't kick off. I just answered your question. You kicked off with your overblown 'what is going on in your lives' rant...
Luke Lewis [Member] //November 5 2010 at 10:34
@Phelo -So you're saying we deserve to be insulted as penance for slagging off Embrace thirteen years ago? Right. None of us were even on the mag back then.

Look, I always listen to constructive criticism and take it on board. Unfortunately, most of what we get is either foul-mouthed abuse, or rose-tinted whinging that NME is "not what it used to be", which is mostly just sublimated nostalgia for peoples' own vanished youth.

If you feel the mag has lost its way, fine, that's your opinion, though plenty of people are loving it right now. But online we've got five million monthly users, a high percentage of which come back to the site every single day. So we're clearly not fucking everyone off, just a loud-mouthed minority.
El Duderino [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 12:35
Weakness has it's own kneepads Luke... you'll be fine
chris [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 12:54
I'm oddly looking forward to hearing this album. Wouldn't peg Rihanna as a favourite artist but it sounds like it could be quite a good album, nice job Em.
Phelo [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 14:14
@Lukelewis It's an example lad, what about The Others, The Twang and for a while Razorlight. There was far harsher comments made about them than anyone has made here. It's not about rose-tinted glasses, I'm 21, my mates are all in their early twenties, hardly a vanished youth, yet they staunchly agree. If you want to be content with being a glossy to complement a 15 year old's fashion glasses that's fine. But at least mark your target audience out clearly. Five million monthly users versus what disproportionate decline in sales? No one wants it to be 'what it used to be' just what it is supposed to be, and that's vital fucking reading, which many will attest to these days as it being not.
larry grayson [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 14:15
this is far from an indie music website. i wouldnt even call it a music website
EdwinInChains [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 14:19
I'm a huge Rihanna fan, aswell as a Slipknot fan and a John Coltrane fan. Pumped for her new album - thanks for the sneak previews Emily. Love the Sugababes comparison; definately underated as song-writers.
[Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 14:24
I'm a huge Rihanna fan, Slipknot fan and Tricky fan; all of which NME have covered in the last year. Pumped for the album; thanks for the sneak previews Emily.
[Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 14:52
Aw don't listen to 'em nme. they're just jealous C:
Luke Lewis [Member] //November 5 2010 at 15:25
@Phelo - "If you want to be content with being a glossy to complement a 15 year old's fashion glasses that's fine."

But what does that even mean? It's just a bunch of words. Look at the new issue: features on Warpaint, Sleigh Bells, Dinosaur Pile-Up, endless new bands. I mean, how much more indie could it be? It's hardly T4 On The Beach, is it? And what has any of it got to do with "fashion glasses"?

Clearly it's not your thing, and you don't buy it. That's fine. Read something else. Your lofty disdain has been noted. Well done.
sccameron [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 17:06
this is embarrasing. stop replying luke its exactly want they want. this weeks issue of nme was brilliant btw. warpaint , debut of the year indeed. and another thing, luke i'm backing your corner on the hurts album debate.
Melvin [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 17:53
Oh my. Ironically, I seem to have kicked this off with a very throw-away joke based on absolutely nothing more than the first 'publish' of this blog having an error wherein question marks had replaced all other punctuation (now corrected). Ha ha, I know. That's it. Not really interested in Rhianna, and so didn't read the article at all (have read it now, was blandly pleasant enough - just my opinion, no tears please). My initial post was a light joke about a technical error. Nothing vicious - I comment on these blogs all the time, almost always complimenting the writers (and often being replied to by the writer in question with something like 'Christ, some appreciation??' - examples of this on current blogs, in fact). So, Emily's reply here is a little bit of a surprise - can only assume it's a defensiveness that grows out of writing internet content that can be commented on. Either way, not guilty here of anything but a little mischief; however ''Oh Melvin'' you're a snooty prick who can't even manage to suck up to the writers with any real skill. Now who's pointless.
Phelo [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 17:58
@luke Lofty disdain? That's a bit rich, no? The last thing you need is another reader disenting and refusing to buy the magazine, you quite literally won't have a paper to write for in the future at the rate that's happening at. The Inbetweeners, as I have said before, is a perfect example of appealing to that audience. I, and I don't think I'm alone in this, saw no sense, no merit or even any editorial cause for it, it was, to quote Simon Webbon 'advertorial'. Tagged with the endless supply of topman advertorials etc. then yes, yes it is going in the T4 direction. You're quite quick to be snide when someone makes a reasonable comment, but if similar comments are made against your own lot there's murder. I do buy the magazine, I breathe a sigh of relief when I see Beaumont being the codger I dearly love, I breathe a sigh of relief when I see Nicky Wire hitting the nail on the head and I breathe a sigh of relief when a suitable retort is provided, and objectivity achieved. I didn't make the 'indie' comment, nor did I refer to it, I enjoy the endless coverage of Lil Wayne and the likes of that. But overall the quality of the publication is waning, and it is the protectionist attitude like yours that perpetuates that. I'm not an internet bully-boy, troll or whatever you want to call it, I haven't said Emily should stick to subbing as some inferred, I'm merely debating your view that to speak out against the direction the paper is headed is sacrilege.
Mark [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 17:59
@Luke: shouldn't you take your own advice as well, then? Clearly the comments here are not your thing, and you don't appreciate them. That's fine. Read something else. Your lofty disdain has been noted. Well done. The point is that you have no scope to complain about "mean-spirited whingeing" when your mag & site has always done the exact same thing. It took me all of ten seconds to go to your reviews pages and find this: "OK, let’s knock this on the head now. At first, for half a crack-addict’s heartbeat, it was kind of intriguing. Vanilla Ice’s gold-toothed gypsy thief half-brother, a square fringed boy-girl sidekick thing with a chipmunk voice, some other guy and a video featuring a DJ with progeria (the genetic condition which makes its young sufferers look like they’re in old age) pedalling a new Afrikaans genre called Zef... ...And 12 months later, we woke up to Radio 1’s terminally unfunny bladder Comedy Dave singing along to ‘Enter The Ninja’... ...Colour me green, but please put this band down now. " Hardly an exercise in restraint, regardless of the creative merits of Die Antwoord. But this has long been the tone of the discourse amongst the NME and its readers. The only difference is comments boards make it far easier for more people to join in. If you don't like it, don't read them, moderate them, or pull them.
Emily Mackay [Member] //November 5 2010 at 18:04
Melvin, if that's the case I do apologise; when I read your comment the punctuation on the blog was where it should be, and so, as you guessed, I wrongly assumed it was a comment on the writing (a lot of people get confused as to what subeditors actually are... and there was always an offchance that you somehow knew I used to be one).

Aside of that, though, I personally welcome comments, however abusive, because I like a good scrap. Sorry again for inadvertently scrapping in your direction, Melvin. 'oh emily.' however, can still go the way of Die Antwoord.
Jez [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 18:06
The scariest comment here is :"What do you achieve by abusing someone for reviewing an album?Is it because the piece is by a woman?Do you think that you now have some sort of power over her?" That's an absolutely bizarre and quite creepy conclusion to have pulled out of thin air, and tells us a lot more about the commenter than anything else. Far as I can see, the abuse aimed at these blogs is offered freely to everyone and anyone, regardless of gender.
trist560 [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 19:28
I happen to be a fan of Emily's reviews, and have noticed that her previous entries have received similarly abusive comments. It seems obvious, but why not just filter out the trolls? I know you would probably counter that this would be undemocratic, but it would at least mean that people would stay on topic instead of entering in to a futile debate on the supposedly hypocritical nature of journalistic criticism.
Jay [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 19:40
im an indie music fan, but love pop and r'n'b too, im just a fan of good music. its called the new music express, and this is new music, just because it doesn't fit in with your indie genre doesn't mean they can't review it, if it bothers you so much why read it, let people who are interested have their own say
Liam [Visitor] //November 5 2010 at 22:23
@Luke, for me it's the debate that makes the magazine and the website so brilliant. I like you, I like most of the articles on here, and what's brilliant about NME is that people argue, they slag off bands and they disagree because they care! People shouldn't be discouraged from this. There's very little of this attitude left in music.
Luke [Visitor] //November 6 2010 at 05:42
@ Emily and Luke Lewis the best thing to do is ignore the people that moan and wish they had an audience as far reaching as your own. Ive not always agreed with what either of you have written, but Ive always enjoyed it.
Nick Chadwick, formerly of Manchester United [Visitor] //November 6 2010 at 09:47
I'm pleased that NME have shown lots of love to Janelle Monae, not "indie" by any stretch. However, she is the benchmark for popular, chart attacking female solo artists... and far exceeds Rihanna, I have nothing against her (Rihanna), but her music is just, 'meh' and live she's pretty bad. I do agree that in the past NME have come across as holier than thou in articles and reviews, but it's subjective, we're bound to disagree on music. Poo. Wee. Bum. Tits.
Sam [Visitor] //November 6 2010 at 10:13
luke i wouldnt worry about the comments, like you said thousands of people have read this blog and they wouldnt keep coming back to read them if they didnt like the site and appreciate the articles they wouldn't read it. Its not just this site people di this all over the internet because they are anonymous and can say what they want without thinking about it. The silent majority do appreciate this site alot, don't feed the trolls its what they come here to do.
trist560 [Visitor] //November 6 2010 at 10:39
I happen to be a fan of Emily's reviews, and have noticed that her previous entries have received similarly abusive comments. It seems obvious, but why not just filter out the trolls? I know you would probably counter that this would be undemocratic, but it would at least mean that people would stay on topic instead of entering in to a futile debate on the supposedly hypocritical nature of journalistic criticism.
Luke Lewis [Member] //November 6 2010 at 13:52
@Mark - "this has long been the tone of the discourse amongst the NME and its readers."

I'm not sure about that. Traditionally there's been a bit of snarky back-and-forth. But what I'm getting online currently is just unbelievably vicious abuse, most of which I have to delete. People threatening to shoot me, burn down my house, that kind of thing.

You may say, Boo-hoo, that's the internet for you. And I don't want to tar all critical commenters with the same brush. Many of you say intelligent and insightful things.

But the idea that I somehow "deserve" to be constantly insulted, in the most personal and brutal manner, just because NME sometimes slags off bands... it's not really on.
Luke Lewis [Member] //November 6 2010 at 14:02
@Phelo - some interesting feedback there, thanks. I think perhaps we're talking at cross purposes here. You're critiquing the magazine, and I'm getting angry about abusive comments on NME.COM.

I've been a bit harsh on you. This is against the backdrop of me coming in to work every morning to discover that, oh look, several people have called me a cunt overnight. Again.

Gets you down after a while, and makes you overly defensive. But that's not your fault.
the silent majority [Visitor] //November 6 2010 at 14:34
Just to reply to "jez" - asking if the sex of the journalist had something to do with the amount of abuse she received for reviewing an album is creepy? - Do you mind saying why? I've seen many sites (football 365 being an example) whereby any opinion articles written by female staff often recieves sexist and abusive responses that make it very clear their gender makes them incapable of any knowledge of their subject matter. I would cite also the abuse that the likes of Alexa Chung and lily Allen have said they received on their twitter and facebook accounts. There's a girl that does acoustic versions of Arctic Monkeys songs on Youtube, does she get told whether she's good, bad or average?Yeah, but about a third of the comments are about her t*ts or what she looks like. Abusing people over the internet in ways that you would never dare do in person is a c*nts trick. trying to justify it by saying "but NME says some nasty things about bands" is pathetic and cowardly. My original point is that there is clearly some (and I obviously don't mean all before you jump up and down) men that get satisfaction out of writing insults to woman when they know that there's absolutely no chance of them being held accountable.
Harry [Visitor] //November 7 2010 at 10:56
im really enjoying that we're now at the post fight apology where everyone is apologizing. luke - i enjoy your blogs. the nme as a magazine is an embarrassment but your online contributions are normally spot on.
Phelo [Visitor] //November 7 2010 at 14:08
@The Silent Majority I'd venture a lot of the Lily-bashing is from women, mainly 14 year old Justin Bieber fans. @LukeLewis That's understandable man, but at the same time it's the interweb, and any social norms that people abide by in the real world go out the window, which is wrong obviously. But yeah, cheers for that.
Mambo Leckie [Visitor] //November 7 2010 at 14:58
absolute shite, like i want to listen to the opinions of some 50 year old ginger woman talking about RnB. This is a joke. bring back Oasis and sack these clowns! brap brap!
andy [Visitor] //November 7 2010 at 15:26
love the way lie part 2 is a tune
leonard lewis [Visitor] //November 7 2010 at 19:37
luke lewis - cunt. bring it!
alcons [Visitor] //November 7 2010 at 23:48
haha luke lewis having a breakdown in the comments section is the funniest thing i have seen all week, actually that makes my life pretty sad.
Katherine [Visitor] //November 8 2010 at 10:40
I think this review is brillant. @LukeLewis, People albuse you because they are jelous, people like that just don't have the guts and the punch to make it into the idustry themselves. If they did, I am sure that they to would "slagoff" bands that they don't like
Mark [Visitor] //November 8 2010 at 18:10
@Luke: I don't condone genuine abuse. Sadly, anonymous commenting online brings out the worst in many people, and maybe there's a way of managing these blogs so the writer isn't exposed to it (eg moderating each other's blogs rather than your own). However, we're talking about that we see posted here. And on that basis, it's still a little hypocritical for an NME writer to complain about these comments given the sheer unpleasantness and personal nature of what your publication sometimes dishes out (like what I quoted earlier). Cut that out, and people might be more willing to listen.
Btw [Visitor] //November 9 2010 at 23:05
Has anyone watched pinky and the brain recently? Great programme. Just thought I'd add to the pointlessness of these comments. But seriously-great programme.

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