On 10th January 2006 at 09:44 Anonymous 5211 wrote...
Dear Mr Martin,
Surely you are entitled to your thoughts on this music, however, I find your review neither fair or inciteful.
To begin by calling him an Irish Ratbag (and then to misspell his name) who doesn't really sound like he is from Belfast OR Leeds - well so what? Surely that has nothing to do with the quality of the music.
I have to be honest, the reason I have signed up to comment on this is because I am a massive fan of Mickey's. I have never met him or seen him live, though I was instantly captured when I heard his music.
However, on further reading of your article, I realised just what it was that was bothering me. You mention that all of these tracks are 'stale, boring and... instantly forgettable.' Now aside from the fact that I would disagree with that - It clung to me what you said - 'I spent most of my time listening to this in the car.' The 'problem' with music like this, is that it requires attention. I dare say stick Nebraska, any Elliott Smith or Nick Drake on in the car and you'd find that these don't capture your attention.
There may be 6 gazillion Charbagz's at Dr Woo's (wherever that is - Wu's?) but surely each one should be judged on their merits. I just find it a little unfortunate that you manage to include a compliment such as him writing "beautifully simple tunes" but after calling the songs 'boring' and state how it is just musac (? muzak?) to youself.
If you really do respect the 'ratbag,' then perhaps you give the music the attention it deserves.