May 18, 2009

music critics are weird

Posted in music tagged , , at 7:02 pm by weiszguy

This is from a brief bio of AC/DC:

AC/DC’s mammoth power chord roar became one of the most influential hard rock sounds of the ’70s. In its own way, it was a reaction against the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early ’70s. AC/DC’s rock was minimalist — no matter how huge and bludgeoning the guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint.

I have no idea how music can be pompous or lumbering.  I also can’t tell you what art rock is, or what arena rock is.  Furthermore, I don’t understand the use of the words minimalist, huge, bludgeoning, space and restraint.  I hope the critic is proud of himself.



  1. Chris said,

    They are weird, you’re right.
    Also, I’m betting that AC/DC wasn’t so much reacting to art rock, at least consciously. Their music was probably more of a reaction to the really cool sound a Gibson SG makes when piped through a Marshall stack.

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