sep 29

Timbaland in New Yorker

New Yorker: SFJ on Timbaland. "When you hear a rhythm that is being played by an instrument you can't identify but wish you owned, when you hear a song that refuses to make up its mind about its genre but compels you to move, or when you hear noises that you thought couldn't find a comfortable place in a pop song, you are hearing Timbaland, or school thereof."


When I hear chiptunes ripped wholesale without crediting the original artists to make some mix for some booty-shaking "diva", I am hearing Timbaland.

posted by n0wak at 9:28 AM on September 29, 2008

Forthcoming from me is a blog post celebrating the vast contribution of Missy Elliot and Timberland, who among other things saved R&B in the 90's after a decade of limp pomposity.

posted by alesh at 10:25 AM on September 29, 2008

Ok, I read the article, and now I'm pissed -- dude spends 1.5 sentences on Timbaland and Missy, who together produced FIVE albums that are as culturally significant as they are banging, and then does five graphs on the Chris Cornell collaboration that he himself admits is sub-par? WTF?!

posted by alesh at 1:30 PM on September 29, 2008

Considering it's the New Yorker, he should be commended for avoiding the obvious "profile of the most important black person in field X who you've never heard of because you're a New Yorker reader." Relax, it's a record review.

posted by Jared at 4:03 PM on September 29, 2008

It's _not_ a record review, it's a profile. Maybe because I only link New Yorker articles linked from here, Kottke, et al., but I'd expected better.

posted by alesh at 10:40 AM on September 30, 2008

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