Just received an email on my MySpace account from one Danny Darcy, a singer-songwriter in search of support from me for his latest album. Danny has pasted into his email a review of his record, Building Churches, that he says was published in the Irish Times in February. Only problem with the review is, it’s a little funny looking. Over long for the Times, badly punctuated and unfeasibly glowing, one suspects that the review is perhaps not quite as genuine as Danny proclaims it to be.
I’ve heard of plenty more successful artists doing this sort of thing before. One Irish band were notorious for claiming that Rolling Stone magazine in the States just loved them — despite the fact that — and I checked the archives for this — Rolling Stone did not appear to have ever even name-checked them. I used to get really annoyed about this sort of thing; now, I have to say, I have a sort of grudging admiration for it. I mean, at least you can’t fault these bands for lack of ambition or gumption in the face of indifference. And who knows — if it doesn’t work out in the music world, maybe they’ll become critics:-)
After the jump, in all its glory, is the ‘Irish Times’ review that I was sent. Enjoy!***
***Edit: Sorry, guys. In deference to the critic’s wishes (see the comments), I’ve removed his review from this blog. Seems unfair to leave it there since he wasn’t the one to claim that it appeared in a publication that it didn’t appear in.