May 00

Re-reading my Mogwai review below…

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I do make it sound as if I think that music has to contain lyrics to have meaning or emotional content. Which is precisely how Josh reads it. That’s nonsense: what I was trying to say is that the lyrics post-rockers of whatever stripe tend to put on top of their music are pretty much cut-up pseudo-beatnik wannabe-surreal tosh, and it’s the lyrics which should perhaps aim for meaning and emotional content and currently in my view don’t much. I do think that a lot of instrumental post-rock music doesn’t cut my particular mustard, and could be improved by adding lyrics, but as I say the addition of words “broadens and sharpens the music’s [emotional] range”, it doesn’t create that range in the first place.

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