Jim Carroll shows why he is the best music journalist in the country by reviewing the new U2 album.
I get so fucking sick of seeing the same journos wheeled out to blab on about how great a new U2 release is everytime one is unveiled. I get so sick of the circle jerks that are "listening parties" where the same old faces hang out to hmmmandhawwwww about how great mediocre rock and roll is (for the record, I didn't get invited to Principle Management's listening party for 'No Line On The Horizon' last week or whenever it was.)
I get so sick of journalists who refuse to actually tell the truth about something just because it will be to their own personal detriment. I get sick of journalists who care about guestlist, and blags, and staying on the right side of PR heads and promoters, and not wanting to tell a truth that might hurt or that might be nasty, or that might mean there's no plus one for them in the post, or that might piss people off.
This mentality is INGRAINED in music journalism in Ireland. Just ask people who used to work for Hotpress whose album reviews were intefered with to save face. Just ask people who write reviews for certain publications that they don't fucking believe in! Just ask those people who wank all over an album or a festival or a band just because it is to their own personal benefit to do so.
I hate that shit. But it's easy to take that route, very easy in fact, far more comfortable! And it means you can chill the max backstage at any festival you want, get priority on interviews, get all the right invites, get all the guestlist you want, and exclusives and all the backslapping you want. And it stinks.
Which is why I have nothing but respect when Jim goes and writes something like this. Because he doesn't have to. But when you tell the truth, and when you're honest, you don't have to answer to anyone.