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Read this: St. Vincent logs her Google searches while reviewing Arcade Fire’s Reflektor

Our Band Could Be Your Life author Michael Azerrad’s website The Talkhouse is the best place to find new album reviews written by actual recording artists. It’s how you get things like the late Lou Reed’s review of Kayne West’s Yeezus back in July, Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg on David Bowie’s The Next Day, and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig waxing philosophic on Drake’s Nothing Was The Same. The latest notable reviewer is Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, who takes on Arcade Fire’s latest record Reflektor. Instead of a straightforward review, Clark tracks her Google searches and related Internet exploration while listening to the record. She lists trying to find details on the similarities between the bass sound on “We Exist” and Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” how searching for “Porno” yields very few results related to the Arcade Fire song, and something related to Win Butler’s height:

Google search #2: Very-tall-men-fronted rock*^ bands
(Related: Glenn Danzig height)
*Co-fronted! No disrespect, Regine!
^Catch-all term for music in 2013 featuring at least one guitar
Results: Turns out Bryan Ferry isn't even that tall: 6'1". Some people just seem tall. Also Joey Ramone. (Apple autocorrected this to "ram one" — usually so puritanical, Apple! Loosening your tie or was that a Joel Osteen-esque slip-up?)


Read the whole review at The Talkhouse.

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