A Review of Joe Tangari’s review of Paul Schneider’s Forever Debts 9.0
Joe Tangari’s review of Paul Schneider’s Forever Debts doesn’t read as though it's particular to an agenda or smug slant as we frequently encounter. It’s always refreshing to know that one can draw something from a review other than a shortlist of similar sounding artists and a few new words that can be used to compare an album to excrement. That being said, Tangari is one of the best reviewers at Pitchfork.
Aside from avoiding crossword fodder, Tangari engages his readers, articulating the merits of Forever Debts covering all of the bases, from tone of Schneider’s voice (“very nasal, comes right from the top of the throat, and has just a little bit of grit”) to the structure, dynamics and transitions inherent in his songwriting.
While some readers prefer cheap digs or insights into the imagined political statements hidden in records, I think most artists would prefer an honest and more straightforward evaluation of their work. I'm sure Paul Schneider appreciates it. If only every songwriter were so lucky.